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Ben Can't Talk

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Posted April 6, 2011 by Rachelle Owen

But you can, and Ben needs your voice!

Last week we told you about a lone declawed bear named Ben, who, for years, has been confined around the clock to a cramped, barren pen at Jambbas Ranch Tours, a seedy roadside zoo in Fayetteville, North Carolina.

Ben paces back and forth over and over again and bites the chain-link walls of his cage, pushes against them, and reaches his paws under them. A bear expert who reviewed footage of Ben for PETA explained that with these sad behaviors, Ben is trying to tell us something—he wants out!

PETA has been in contact with Cumberland County officials since last summer, requesting the enforcement of a county law that prohibits the possession of bears, raccoons, foxes, and alligators. Jambbas owner James Bass has all these types of animals in his possession, and he keeps them in substandard, miserable conditions. But so far, no action has been taken. In fact, PETA recently learned that rather than enforcing the law, Cumberland County commissioners amended the ordinance to exempt Jambbas at Bass’ request.

PETA has arranged for Ben and some of the other illegally possessed animals to go to sanctuaries where they will receive the care that they deserve. If you live in North Carolina, please consider attending the July 11 Cumberland County Commissioners’ meeting at 6:45 p.m.

The case was continued until July 11. But the animals languishing at Jambbas still need your help. Please contact the Cumberland County Board of Commissioners and politely request that they reverse the amendment made to the ordinance at James Bass’ request. Ask the board to allow Ben and the fox, raccoon, and alligator held captive at Jambbas Ranch Tours to be placed with reputable facilities that are equipped to provide them with the suitable care and environment that they need and deserve. PETA has offered to relocate these animals to sanctuaries at no cost to the county.

Please send polite comments to:

The Honorable Kenneth S. Edge
Chair
P.O. Box 1829
Fayetteville, NC 28302
kedge@co.cumberland.nc.us

The Honorable Marshall Faircloth
Vice Chair
P.O. Box 1829
Fayetteville, NC 28302
wmfaircloth@co.cumberland.nc.us

The Honorable Dr. Jeannette M. Council
Councilmember
P.O. Box 1829
Fayetteville, NC 28302
jcouncil@co.cumberland.nc.us

The Honorable Charles Evans
Councilmember
P.O. Box 1829
Fayetteville, NC 28302
cevans@co.cumberland.nc.us

The Honorable Jimmy Keefe
Councilmember
P.O. Box 1829
Fayetteville, NC 28302
jkeefe@co.cumberland.nc.us

The Honorable Billy R. King
Councilmember
P.O. Box 1829
Fayetteville, NC 28302
bking@co.cumberland.nc.us

The Honorable Edward Melvin
Councilmember
P.O. Box 1829
Fayetteville, NC 28302
emelvin@co.cumberland.nc.us

E-mail us at StreetTeam@peta2.com and let us you know you wrote or attended and we’ll give you 500 Street Team points!

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