Urge The Cherokee Bear Zoo to Close Cruel Bear Pits
  • Petitioned Cherokee Bear Zoo owners Barry and Collette Coggins

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Cherokee Bear Zoo owners Barry and Collette Coggins

Urge The Cherokee Bear Zoo to Close Cruel Bear Pits

    1. Petition by

      Kacey Hall

      Arlington, VA

August 2013


From Kacey Hall: These bears have been rescued. Thank you all for your support. Hopefully this place will be shut down now forever and never return.

Home to about a dozen miserable bears, the Cherokee Bear Zoo is a small remote tourist trap located off a highway in North Carolina—blink, and you'll miss it. The dilapidated roadside attraction keeps these intelligent animals in grossly inhumane conditions. They are confined to virtually barren concrete pits, where they have no other option but to pace back and forth, walk in endless circles, and beg tourists to toss them a morsel of food.
Highly intelligent animals capable of empathy and a wide range of feelings, bears are active for up to 18 hours per day in their natural habitat and spend their time exploring diverse terrain. In the wild, bears forage for a wide variety of foods and dig in soft earth, brush, and leaves—but the concrete pits that the Cherokee bears are forced to call home deprive them of everything that is natural and important to them. Surrounded by four solid walls, the bears cannot scan the horizon, gain a perspective on their surroundings, or make much use of their acute sense of smell.

Cherokee's roadside zoos have made no effort to simulate the animals' natural habitat or provide them with stimulation. They have also been cited repeatedly by the U.S. Department of Agriculture for failing to meet minimal federal standards established in the Animal Welfare Act

Cherokee Bear Zoo owners Barry and Collette Coggins
Close These Bear Pits!

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    Reasons for signing

    • Debbie Kerns BARRY, IL
      • 23 days ago

      because it is inhumane. Why do animals have to be treated cruelly so man can profit??

    • sharon hurst NORTH CHARLESTON, SC
      • 11 months ago

      Because , it's freaken cruel , put there sorry self's in there ! Set them free , nothing , should have to live this way !

    • Rosalinda Portilla Rossier SOUTH SAN FRANCISCO, UNITED STATES
      • about 1 year ago

      Odio el maltrato y la violencia hacia los animales.

    • Adele Poston WEEKI WACHEE, FL
      • about 1 year ago

      Animals are a part of the beauty of this world and they should be treated as such. Free....and not trapped and mistreated.

    • Patricia Griffith TYRONE, PA
      • about 1 year ago

      Sorry,the post that says Patricia Griffith Tyrone,PA. wasn't written by her.She's my mother & forwarded the petition to me & I wrote it,I'm her son Robert A. Bratton Jr. from Altoona,PA. & my wife feels the same way I do about these poor bears!!!


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