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Help Bears Suffering in North Carolina: Please Take Action by March 7

March 4, 2013
by
Karen Lyons Kalmenson

Karen Lyons Kalmenson

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Background | Source PETA

For decades, bears have been held in barren concrete pits and tiny cages, where they are forced to beg for food and are deprived of everything that is natural and important to them at roadside zoos in Cherokee, North Carolina. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has repeatedly cited these facilities for violating the minimum standards of the federal Animal Welfare Act, and the agency recently fined one of the facilities and suspended its license after charging it with more than a dozen violations, including feeding the bears inappropriate food, providing inadequate veterinary care and inadequate housing, and keeping incompatible animals together. A recent PETA investigation of this same facility revealed that staff members were deliberately depriving bears of food and that the animals are so stressed from being constantly confined to small concrete pits that they pace repeatedly and gnaw at the metal cage bars. PETA’s investigation also uncovered drug use, wage-law violations, racism against Native Americans, and more.

These depraved exhibits are a black eye for the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians. These roadside zoos—operated on tribal land by non-natives, at least some of whom engage in discriminatory practices toward Native Americans and and all of whom cruelly keep bears in barren pits or tiny cages, contrary to the Cherokee tradition of respecting all life—are an affront to the tribe, and it’s time that they be shut down once and for all.

And the tribe is considering doing just that! Tribal elders, after learning about the abuse and suffering occurring on tribal land, approached the tribal council about closing the bear pits. On the evening of this Wednesday, March 6, the council will meet to discuss closing the bear pits, and on March 7, it is expected to vote on the matter. But the bears need your help. A lot of pressure is being put on the council to keep the bear pits open, despite the suffering and racism and the fact that they stigmatize the entire tribe. The council members need to hear from as many people as possible about the importance of closing the bear pits and sending the bears to reputable sanctuaries.

Please refrain from using the words “bear” and “Cherokee” in your e-mail subject line to avoid having your e-mail blocked.


i am the spirit of the bear
and i am in such prolonged,
deep pain
some humans out there

think we bears are here
to entertain
to dance in the circus
to be baited and tormented
or our parts used for medicine
by those humans, demented
we belong to the forests,
to the mountains and streams
this is supposed to be our reality
not just in our dreams

Karen Lyons Kalmenson


10 Comments leave one →
  1. March 4, 2013 6:43 pm

    Signed and shared a link to the petition on our facebook page. Many Blessings! ~Gerean

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  2. March 4, 2013 6:56 pm

    i am the spirit of the bear
    and i am in such prolonged,
    deep pain

    some humans out there
    think we bears are here
    to entertain
    to dance in the circus
    to be baited and tormented
    or our parts used for medicine
    by those humans, demented
    we belong to the forests,
    to the mountains and streams
    this is supposed to be our reality
    not just in our dreams

    Like

    • March 4, 2013 7:55 pm

      Karen ~ Your poetry is beautiful. I have no doubt that it will make a differenc in influencing others to act from a place of empathy and compassion in protecting and defending the animal spirits . . . who so desperately need us. Be encouraged to continue to follow your heart and use your special gifts. Many Blessings! ~Gerean Pflug for “The Animal Spirits”

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      • karenlyonskalmenson permalink
        March 5, 2013 4:17 am

        thank you gerean for your kind words and beautiful heart ☻♥☺

        Like

  3. dressel69@comcast.net permalink
    March 4, 2013 10:27 pm

    i have been emailing michael hicks for year’s about the bear situation and knew he didnt accept anything with bears or the road side zoo’s , this man is a idiot. never got a reply as well.

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  4. March 7, 2013 8:29 pm

    signed and shared in several places thanks Stacey and Karen your poetry moves me and touches my heart and speaks the words that are in my heart and soul you are gifted my friend

    Like

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