POLL: Should the use of bears as living tourist attractions be banned?



Rescuers are stepping in to help brown bears who are being kept in deplorable conditions and used as living attractions by their captors across Armenia.

These brown bears have been poached from the wild and confined to barren enclosures at restaurants, factories and bus depots, among other places, so they can be used to draw tourists and amuse their owners.

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Fortunately, their heartbreaking plight has captured the attention of rescuers who are now stepping in to change the world for these bears.

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Determined to help end their suffering, International Animal Rescue (IAR) has launched The Great Bear Rescue in an effort to shut this cruel industry down and move these bears to new homes.

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“I have seen for myself the conditions these bears are living in and they are nothing short of appalling. Some have been living for years in cramped, barren cages, surviving only on scraps and filthy, stagnant water and standing on stinking mounds of their own faeces,” said IAR CEO Alan Knight.

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“Many of them relieve their boredom and frustration by pacing endlessly to and fro, banging their heads against the walls or climbing up the bars, searching frantically for an escape route. These beautiful creatures have been robbed of their dignity and their freedom. It is absolutely sickening,” he added.

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Disturbing footage released shows the appalling conditions and miserable lives of deprivation these bears are forced to endure in the small, barren enclosures they’re trapped in.

IAR plans on saving as many as it can, and will be assessing, treating and providing critical care for each individual it rescues. The organization ultimately hopes to rehabilitate and release any who are good candidates, but has vowed to ensure permanent homes in sanctuaries for any bears who are unable to return to the wild.

According to IAR, the construction of a sanctuary is already underway, while Knight plans to return to Armenia later this month to begin the first rescues.

For more on how to help, check out International Animal Rescue and The Great Bear Rescue.

This article was first published by Care2.com on 26 Oct 2017.


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Linda Badham

i really think these disgusting people should have a taste of being locked up , they deserve to be !

Christine Marie Gonzales
Christine Marie Gonzales

YES,BANNED!

Marianne Thorsdatter Måsvær

Voted yes – and shared

Norma Hurt

yes for sure, all should be shut down/ s/s

Ally Lehto

Yes

Maria Grazia Bacco

S/S

Beverly Wilbanks Schmidt

Yes.

Chandra Kulupana

Voted YES & shared

Janet Mitchell Hendricks

that shouldn’t even be a question. it should be a given!!!!!

Paula Bevacqua

YES

Solem de Guzman

It’s cruel ban it.

Tracy Whitcomb

YES!!!! ABSOLUTELY!!!

Charles Wayne Tesh

Yes

Diamond Murphy

YES IT SHOULD THIS IS VERY CRUEL

Jean Daniels

Yes!

Jean Kennedy Patrick

Cruelity and abuse and should be banned!!!!

Deb Perry-Walter

Yes, it should be banned! It is so cruel!

Lisa Björklund

s

Numidia Lorenzo

firmada

mfrazier74@hotmail.com

Anyone who is “entertained” by wild animals in cages? Sad sad human beings!

Rick Whitney

BAN IT!

Roseann Somers

Yes it is abuse

Carolina Nunes

Done

Ruth Gregg

Signed

Dieter Reger

ja.

Jessie Southan

signed

Lindsay Leclair

Yes of course it’s cruelty

Rita Gonzalez Palmeiro

Yes