PETA: Help the bears in Ripley, Ohio

PETA: Help the bears in Ripley, Ohio

    1. Priscilla Elam
    2. Petition by

      Priscilla Elam

      Georgetown, OH

There are two bears kept as pets in a small cricle cage in Ripley, Ohio. The owners don't harm them, but by keeping them like this they're unintentionly are. They belong in the wild, because they are in fact wild animals. 

Caring for wild animals is difficult or impossible. Despite what animal sellers may say, appropriate care for wild animals requires considerable expertise, specialized facilities, and lifelong dedication to the animals. Their nutritional and social needs are demanding to meet and, in many cases, are unknown. They often grow to be larger, stronger, and more dangerous than owners expect or can manage.

Wild animals spread disease. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention discourages direct contact with wild animals for a simple reason: They can carry diseases that are dangerous to people, such as rabies, herpes B virus, and Salmonella.

Domestication takes centuries. Wild animals are not domesticated simply by being captive born or hand-raised. It's a different story with dogs and cats, who have been domesticated by selective breeding for desired traits over thousands of years. These special animal companions depend on humans for food, shelter, veterinary care, and affection. Wild animals, by nature, are self-sufficient and fare best without our interference. The instinctive behavior of these animals makes them unsuitable as pets.

Having any animal as a pet means being responsible for providing appropriate and humane care. Where wild animals are concerned, meeting this responsibility is usually impossible. People, animals, and the environment suffer the consequences.

 

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I just signed the following petition addressed to: ANIMAL ABUSE.

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Help the bears in Ripley, Ohio

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    • yelle nathalie QUEBEC, CANADA, CANADA
      • over 1 year ago

      signé

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    • Carol Reins ST.PAUL, MN
      • over 2 years ago

      They need to be free!

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    • Len CROSS GOLD COAST, AUSTRALIA
      • almost 3 years ago

      This is clearly wrong. Its also obviously unintentional animal abuse. The state legislator should be on top of this sort of thing. Its their responsibility to look after the animals of the state as well as the human. They know that........

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    • Jean Bird SLEAFORD, UNITED KINGDOM
      • about 3 years ago

      Keeping bears in cages is totally unacceptable and blatantly cruel. They should be released into a sanctuary which is the nearest thing to the wild. These bears don't have enough room to behave in a natural way and they deserve more. Keeping wild animals should be outlawed, this is the 21st century for God's sake, we should know better than this now. PLEASE RELEASE THEM, THIS IS INHUMANE.

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    • Mike Mulanax WINDHAM, OH
      • about 3 years ago

      God did not put bears on this Earth to be caged and kept a pets or for exhibition. This cage is hardly adequate for these bears to get enough exercise, and it certainly doesn't provide them with the most important thing, to be what they are - Wild Animals. They deserve a better life than this!

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