Free Ben the Bear From Miserable Roadside Zoo
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.
One needn't be an animal lover to see that an injustice has occurred when the board secretly amended an ordinance without giving constituents other than Bass the opportunity to voice their position on it. It is unheard of that someone who has been cited with dozens of federal violations and as a defendant in a criminal case would successfully persuade commissioners to change a law instead of enforcing it in order to get the case against him or her dismissed. The case involves just four out of dozens of animals kept captive by Bass; it would be the right thing to get help to those animals, under the ordinance designed to do just that.
I urge you to please reverse the changes made to Cumberland County ordinance 3-12 and see to it that Ben and the other animals who have been held illegally at Jambbas are sent to a sanctuary where they can receive the care, attention, and respect that they deserve. PETA has secured placement for them and can give you the details.
Thank you for your time and consideration. I hope that you will do the right thing.