For 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: