Live Free or Die in NH? Not for Clark's Bears

Live Free or Die in NH? Not for Clark's Bears

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The White Mountains of New Hampshire are among the most beautiful in the country. Hiking and other nature activities abound in the state, and the gorgeous countryside is home to some of the most majestic wildlife in the northeast.

It's an outdoor tourist's dream come true.

Until you hit Clark's Bears, that is.

Then those who value the outdoors and respect the animals who call it home will find themselves in disbelief that this continues to go on in a state with such a high regard for freedom.

What started as a roadside attraction in the 1950s has expanded into a nice little park, where they unfortunately don't take New Hampshire's "Live Free or Die" motto very seriously. For bears, at least.

Clark's Bears has been capturing, confining, and forcing bears to perform stupid little tricks for humans since the year 1949. In the past 73 years, while the country has dramatically changed its outlook on the use and abuse of animals, the Clark family has stubbornly stuck to their "right" to steal bears from their native habitat—their homes—and force them into captivity. For life.

Why? Money and profit, obviously.

Here's the thing. Clark's has built an entire park off the backs of the bears, and at this point the amusement park could easily expand to include more rides and more water features instead of continuing to use and cruelly confine nature's majestic black bears.

But Clark's has once again taken the easy way out, stealing two more young bears from their homes in the wild.

They've "acquired" Darla and Hindie, both 20 months old, who are now sentenced to life behind bars for the brief entertainment of humans.

Life free or die, New Hampshire? Shouldn't that same motto apply to the bears?

It's long past time for Clark's to stop this animal cruelty. Bears deserve to live in the wild, they deserve to choose their own path and their own destiny. It's time to let them go.

Free Darla, Hindie, and the others, and if they are too tame to survive in the wild, then allow them to go to a sanctuary where they can again know what it's like to experience life as a bear.

The Clark family claims to LOVE the bears. This isn't love. Love for the bears means you would put their welfare ahead of your own.

Until Clark's can do that, we must speak out on behalf of newcomers Darla and Hindie.

They deserved better.

Without enough humans who care, these two youngsters will never know the freedom that is so valued in the state of New Hampshire.

As Ian Malcolm said in Jurassic Park, “They were so preoccupied with whether or not they could, they didn’t stop to think if they should.”

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