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Urgent: These Bears NEED FREEDOM NOW!

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Cherokee bear investigation picFor decades, bears have been held in barren concrete pits and tiny cages, where they are forced to beg for food and are deprived of everything that is natural and important to them at roadside zoos in Cherokee, North Carolina.

A recent PETA investigation of one of the facilities revealed that staff members were deliberately depriving bears of food and that the animals are so stressed from being constantly confined to small concrete pits that they pace repeatedly and gnaw at the metal cage bars.

Things could change! Tribal elders, after learning about the abuse and suffering occurring on tribal land, approached the tribal council about closing the bear pits. The tribal council is expected to vote on the matter in April.

But the bears need your help. 

A lot of pressure is being put on the council to keep the bear pits open, despite the bears’ suffering and the fact that the pits stigmatize the entire tribe. The tribal council needs to hear from as many people as possible about the importance of closing the bear pits and sending the bears to reputable sanctuaries.

Tribal council members are still blocking emails, so please call them now and let them know that the bear pits must be closed. Click here to find their phone numbers.

Not sure what to say when you call? Check out this suggested text:

I was thrilled to hear that the tribal council is considering a resolution that would put an end to the decades of suffering that bears have endured in barren concrete pits and tiny cages at three roadside zoos in Cherokee, and I urge you to fully support this resolution. As detailed in a report prepared by renowned bear experts, the bears held in Cherokee’s anachronistic “zoos” are denied everything that is natural and important to them. And a recent investigation of one of these facilities revealed that staff members were deliberately depriving bears of food and that the animals are so stressed from being constantly confined to small concrete pits that they pace repeatedly and gnaw at the metal cage bars, which are recognized signs of poor welfare.

Although our knowledge about bears has increased tremendously over the last few decades, the Cherokee zoos remain locked in a time warp, keeping bears—whose needs are as complex as those of primates—in total privation. The exhibitors of these bears, whom the U.S. Department of Agriculture has cited repeatedly for failing to meet even the bare minimum standards of the federal Animal Welfare Act, have made it clear that they are unable to provide for these animals’ complex needs.

It is past time that Cherokee’s bear “zoos” are closed. Owned by nontribe members who lease tribal land—and, in at least some cases, operated by individuals who have been documented expressing racist sentiments about Native Americans—these facilities are a black eye on the tribe’s reputation, and the massive negative publicity targeting Cherokee as a result of these bear exhibits has strained the community.

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  • Profile photo of kitcat12

    858 days ago

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    We need. As many as votes ASAP. You owners out there have no respect for these animals and prolly your own self. Don’t take what ever is wronge with you and do dum stuff like this. How would you feel if I put you in jail didn’t feed until I wanted to and you should not have been in there….if u have quite being such a WORD! And if you have been hurt by a bear or animal then get your but off the couch for once!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Profile photo of Chrstie27

    869 days ago

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    these bears need all the love and help they can get! i will do my part and donate on pay day

  • Profile photo of ms2751o

    871 days ago

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    Just call them.

  • Profile photo of cassierawr

    873 days ago

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    Instantly got failure notices back for each email address. Looks like they are banning any emails that have “bear” anywhere in them. What a shame.

  • Profile photo of CheyenneStarr

    880 days ago

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    I just sent you guys the picture of my email, but I just got messages saying that my content is banned