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Close Bear Prison!

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The animals you see below are confined to nearly empty concrete pits, where they have nothing to do other than pace back and forth, walk in endless circles, and beg tourists to toss them a tiny crumb of food.

HELP THEM.

cherokee bear zoo

In the wild, bears—who are capable of a wide range of feelings and emotions—forage for a wide variety of foods and dig in soft earth, brush, and leaves. But the concrete pits that the Cherokee bears are forced to call home deprive them of everything that is natural and important to them.

Surrounded by four solid walls, the bears cannot scan the horizon, gain a perspective on their surroundings, or make much use of their acute sense of smell.

It doesn’t take a genius to realize that this is wrong. 

help cherokee bears

Help us close this animal prison by asking the owners of Cherokee Bear Zoo to release the bears to a reputable sanctuary.

Call Cherokee Bear Zoo owners Barry and Collette Coggins at 828-497-4525 and feel free to use the text below for help. 

Dear Mr. and Ms. Coggins:

Please close the Cherokee Bear Zoo bear exhibits immediately and agree to retire the bears to a reputable sanctuary, where they can roam vast acreage, forage for their own food, and act on their natural instincts. A concrete pit is no match for open terrain, and these intelligent animals deserve more than to live out the rest of their days entertaining bored tourists behind concrete walls.

No one wants to see animals suffer, and it’s shameful to continue to deny the frustrated bears the opportunity to thrive elsewhere. There is nothing for them to do but pace back and forth or walk around in circles. They are separated from everything that is natural and important to their species. As people continue to evolve and understand more about these animals’ unique needs, your revenue will continue to drop. It’s 2013, and there is no excuse for profiting from animal suffering in the name of entertainment.

Reputable sanctuaries stand ready to take in these bears so that they can live out the rest of their days in peace. Existing sanctuaries that have no corporate motives and employ experts in specialized care for exotic animals will provide these suffering bears with a much better home. Please take advantage of this opportunity without further delay and retire these bears so that they can finally truly be bears. They did not choose to be in the tourism business. Please don’t allow them to continue to suffer for your choice.

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    595 days ago

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    How Can I Send A Copy of The Email ?!

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      594 days ago

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      Open up your personal e-mail in your browser or phone and type it out! :)

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    651 days ago

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    Is there a way to contact peta regarding another zoo that’s near me where animals are being mistreated?

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      650 days ago

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      Yep! E-mail us full deets (photos, exactly location, etc) at CIDinfo@peta.org, please.

  • 655 days ago

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    Each creature has the right to be respected!
    Each of us can make difference each single day!

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    655 days ago

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    iam defiantly doing this , but just to make sure i cant get into trouble for doing this ?

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      655 days ago

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      Nope, you won’t get in any trouble. :)

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    659 days ago

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    please give them back what is theirs

  • 680 days ago

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    This is sad but you can help.

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    690 days ago

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    Im glad im making a differnce

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    692 days ago

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    where do i submit the picture? there is only a textbox

    • Profile photo of Whitney-C

      691 days ago

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      You can copy/paste the text from your e-mail. No picture necessary. :)

  • Profile photo of stopthisanimalcruelty99

    698 days ago

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    This is heart breaking :(