Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians (EBCI) Council: Rescue bears at Cherokee Bear Zoo (CBZ)
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Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians (EBCI) Council: Rescue bears at Cherokee Bear Zoo (CBZ)

    1. Julie Jo
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      Julie Jo

      Santa Fe, United States

The Cherokee Bear Zoo (CBZ) a roadside collection of bear pits in Cherokee, North Carolina still have bears captive that need rescued. The bears at this park are being forced to live in desolate concrete pits and only fed stale bread throughout their whole lives and some days not even fed left to beg for food.

Bears are  carnivores and cannot live the normal life of a bear nor survive such an environment. A PETA investigator found that the bored and frustrated bears turn endlessly in circles. One of them routinely rocks back and forth—a sign of profound deprivation and stress. They bite the pits' metal bars, which breaks their teeth. This is painful and can cause bone infections, so it requires veterinary care, but PETA's investigator never saw a veterinarian at CSBP and never saw the bears given any pain relief.

Workers sometimes leave the bears, who have a remarkably well-developed sense of smell, trapped amid their own waste all day long. Instead of removing feces, they spray a citrus-scented product into the pits. One worker told PETA's investigator, "You just got to be careful because [federal officials] think you're trying to hide something. Which we are."

CSBP's manager and bear handler admitted that workers deny bears food because, "if you feed them … they ain't gonna eat for people."
The manager boasted that he sprays water at one bear "all the time … to get his ass up" and force him onto display. The park's bear handler said it took "20 shots … in the head" to kill one of CSBP's bears. He said that there is "nothing better than a bear that's been eating bread and apples all its life. Meat's good."

These bears are treated with such neglect and profound deprivation as you can see in this video link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=zSwESiHeuf4

You can also see in this link below the reviews of the NC tourist. They are appalled with this. http://www.tripadvisor.com/Attraction_Review-g49023-d1825693-Reviews-Chief_Saunooke_Bear_Park-Cherokee_North_Carolina.html

 

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    • Reid Patton ASHEVILLE, NC
      • 5 months ago

      I saw the story on the news tonight (May 20, 2014) and it made me cry. This is downright selfish and clearly the owners only care about making money and not about doing the right, humane thing. I am appalled and they should be ashamed of themselves or better yet they should be put behind bars in solitary confinement separated from all other humans and only fed with a bottle by beats!!!!!!

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    • Anne Grice PATTERSON LAKES, AUSTRALIA
      • 5 months ago

      Please show some concern and feelings for their intolerable sufferings and release these bears to a better humane accommodation. In the spirit of the special beings who are helpless and defenceless , please show them the true human spirit which makes us good people. Please do not let them suffer any longer show them your try spirit of kindness which you know to be the strength of mankind. Please in this true spirit, let them have a better life outside these prisons.

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    • Anne Grice PATTERSON LAKES, AUSTRALIA
      • 5 months ago

      Please show some concern and feelings for their intolerable sufferings and release these bears to a better humane accommodation. In the spirit of the special beings who are helpless and defenceless , please show them the true human spirit which makes us good people. Please do not let them suffer any longer show them your try spirit of kindness which you know to be the strength of mankind. Please in this true spirit, let them have a better life outside these prisons.

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    • Michelle Yarber CHEYENNE, WY
      • 6 months ago

      Stop being greedy and using these poor creatures for your benefit!

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    • Phaedra Dresch CRAWFORDVILLE, GA
      • 6 months ago

      This is sick

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