Close the inhumane bear pits of NC
  • Petitioning Cherokee Reservation in NC

This petition will be delivered to:

Michell Hicks, Principal Chief of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians
Cherokee Reservation in NC
North Carolina Governor
President of the United States
North Carolina State Senate
North Carolina State House
U.S. Senate
U.S. House of Representatives

Close the inhumane bear pits of NC

    1. Petition by

      shelli johannes-wells

      Atlanta, GA

In the Qualla Boundary area of western North Carolina are three roadside zoos; Cherokee Bear Zoo, Chief Saunooke Bear Park, and Santa's Land, that keep bears in unnecessarily cruel and inhumane conditions.

These Cherokee facilities keep bears in dank concrete pits and cramped cages, denying the bears the ability to exhibit natural behavior. The bears are endlessly pacing back and forth, crying out and whimpering, fighting with each other and begging tourists for food. These beautiful bears of all kinds are being held in cement pits while people pay 5$ to throw apples and donuts down to them. The bears - sun bears, black bears and grissly bears, are abused, obese, and in horrible shape. They deserve something more than concrete under their feet - they deserve grass and trees. They deserve to be something more than an attraction. They deserve to be free.

Please sign the petition to encourage Michell Hicks, Principal Chief of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians to free the bears.

Recent signatures


    1. Reached 500 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • J Hall ATOWN, VA
      • 4 days ago

      The Cherokee should know better, this is a disgrace to the Tslagi way.

    • Jenii Wallace STEPHENS CITY, VA
      • 4 days ago

      I love animals and deplore those who abuse them.

    • Ruth Knowles CLINTON, NC
      • 28 days ago

      Is this the only way you can generate income? You should be embarrassed if bear pits are the extent of your capabilities.

    • Susanne Fritz GERMANY
      • about 1 month ago

      ich liebe tiere!!

    • Bédinier Marie-Jeanne BELLAC, FRANCE
      • about 1 month ago

      Fermez les fosses aux ours inhumaines de NC


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