• Petitioned Charles Evans

This petition was delivered to:

Councilmember, Cumberland County Board of Commissioners
Charles Evans
Councilmember, Cumberland County Board of Commissioners
Jimmy Keefe
Councilmember, Cumberland County Board of Commissioners
Billy R. King
Councilmember, Cumberland County Board of Commissioners
Edward Melvin
Chair, Cumberland County Board of Commissioners
Kenneth S. Edge
Vice Chair, Cumberland County Board of Commissioners
Marshall Faircloth
Councilmember, Cumberland County Board of Commissioners
Dr. Jeannette M. Council

Free Ben the Bear From Miserable Roadside Zoo

    1. Petition by

      People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals


Jambbas Ranch Tours—a substandard roadside zoo in Fayetteville, North Carolina—has been cited numerous times by state and federal authorities for failing to provide animals with basic necessities, as required by law. Ben, a bear kept at Jambbas, has been confined to a tiny concrete and chain-link cell for years. Ben—like other animals at Jambbas—is deprived of everything that is natural and important to him, and he shows signs of stress, boredom, and frustration. His head sways, he paces, and he bites at the chain link. He wants out, and we need your help to see to it that he is freed.


PETA has been trying to help Jambbas' animal victims since August 2010, but multiple Cumberland County representatives—including the county's animal services department, the county attorney's office, the sheriff's office, and more—refused to lift a finger, despite a county law that prohibits holding bears and other exotic animals captive. Because of the county's refusal and failure to uphold its own law, a concerned citizen swore out a summons against James Bass, the ranch's owner, for unlawful possession of Ben the bear, a fox, a raccoon, and an alligator.


To see photos of Ben and other animals at Jambbas, click http://www.mediapeta.com/peta/PDF/Roadsidezoo.pdf">here. PETA has secured placement for Ben and the other animals at wonderful sanctuaries.


Unfortunately, in a stunning display of http://fayobserver.com/articles/2011/04/01/1083140">favoritism, the county Board of Commissioners caved in to Bass' own request that the county's prohibition on possessing exotic animals be amended to exempt his facility. Rather than upholding a law protecting animals from just what Jambbas subjects them to, the commissioners simply changed it!

In an effort to get commissioners to repeal this absurd amendment, more than a dozen people—including a renowned bear behavior expert—attended a recent board of commissioners meeting, and many spoke at the meeting too. But the http://fayobserver.com/articles/2011/04/19/1087839">board made no move to reverse its decision, leaving Ben and other animals to suffer.


Thank you to those of you who wrote to District Attorney William West and urged for prosecution of Bass—you made a difference. The case was continued until July 11. But the animals languishing at Jambbas still need your help. 


Please email members of 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. 




Recent signatures


    1. Reached 15,000 signatures
    2. Ben's Facebook Supporters Call for Boycott of Bass Air Conditioning

      The family that owns Jambbas Ranch Tours, where Ben the bear is imprisoned, also owns Bass Air Conditioning. The Free Ben the Bear Facebook cage is calling for a boycott until Ben is released to a sanctuary.

    3. Call for Cumberland Co. Residents to Take Action

      If you or anyone you know lives in Cumberland County, the commissioners need to hear from their constituents. Contact information in the link below - please send them polite, personalized messages to free Ben.

    4. Local activists call for Ben the bear's freedom

      If you're looking to connect with local activists who are working to free Ben the bear, check out the North Carolina Voters for Animal Welfare.

    5. Facebook Page: Shut Down Jambbas Ranch Tours

      For latest updates on local efforts to free Ben the bear, join the campaign's Facebook page:

    6. Cumberland Commissioners Asked to Reverse Ruling on Jambbas Ranch

      About 20 animal advocates went to the Commissioners' meeting to urge the board to end Ben's suffering. While the board wasn't totally supportive, "Some commissioners did say Monday that the board needs to revisit the issue." Keep the pressure on!

    7. Cumberland County Commissioners Meeting Tonight

      The Cumberland County Commissioners are meeting tonight. If you're in the area, please attend to speak out on behalf of Ben.

      117 Dick St Room 118 Fayetteville, NC
      6:30-9:30 pm

    8. Reached 6,000 signatures
    9. The Cumberland County Commissioners meeting is Monday, June 20th. Please attend if you can, and keep the pressure on throughout the weekend by signing and sharing. Meeting details:

    10. In the wild, male bears can wander a 15 to 80 square mile home range. Ben spends his life in a cage that's about 12 feet by 22 feet. How can Cumberland County defend this?

    11. Ben has a home waiting for him at a bear sanctuary where he'll have more space, be able to engage in natural behaviors, and be with others of his kind. He just needs Cumberland County Commissioners to uphold the law and set him free.

    12. In a similar situation in Louisiana, where Tiger Truck Stop was granted exemptions to the exotic animal law, the courts recently ruled that the permit was illegal and they couldn't keep Tony the tiger. The law is on Ben's side ... let officials know we're watching.

    13. Reached 5 signatures
    14. If you live in the area, please attend the Cumberland County Commissioners Meeting next week, June 20th at 6:45pm to speak up for Ben.

    15. For more details on how Jambbas Ranch Tours is violating the law by keeping Ben captive:

    16. A roadside zoo in Alberta, Canada has been ordered to close. It's time for Cumberland County to follow their compassionate lead and free the animals at Jambbas Ranch Tours.

    17. Reached 4 signatures
    18. Bob Barker has asked Cumberland County to free Ben the bear. He wrote the Commissioners: "The video footage of Ben is heartbreaking to anyone who cares about animals ... he shows other obvious signs of stress and frustration at being treated in this miserable and unnatural way.

      “Thankfully, a wonderful sanctuary in California that I am familiar with—and have visited personally—has agreed to receive Ben and give him the care that he needs and deserves, without any charge whatsoever. I hope that you will intervene and see to it that this happens."

    19. Jambbas Ranch's owner is due in court next month, but it's unclear what he will be charged with at this point: Keep the pressure on to make sure Ben gets the freedom he deserves.

    20. Reached 3 signatures
    21. Last week, the Fayetteville Observer reported that Jambbas Ranch is under federal investigation for alleged Animal Welfare Act violations:

    22. Reached 2 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Sophia Flippin GLENDALE, CA
      • about 2 years ago

      Bears are living things too.

    • antoinette von stade SAN LEANDRO, CA
      • about 2 years ago

      this is just a cruel way to make a couple of bucks, put the owners of the roadside zoo in the pen and see how they like it!

    • Samantha Perry ST CLAIR, AUSTRALIA
      • about 2 years ago

      It is unnecessary and cruel! Animal abuse is inhumane and needs to be addressed globally! We need to be their voice!

    • Terri Flanagan SOUTHAMPTON, PA
      • about 2 years ago

      This is cruelty to animals he belongs in a sanctuary to run and climb trees ---FREE HIM!!!

      Terri F.

    • Cheryl Minskey CRAWFORDVILLE, FL
      • about 2 years ago

      No living creature deserves this!!!


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