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Dying bear forced to drink cola in foul cell

November 3, 2010

Please note there is a sample letter and contact information below if you would like to demonstrate your protest of the treatment of this bear victim.  Obviously I am unable to attest to the veracity of all the embassy emails, but please let me know if you are aware of different contact information.  Please also send the message to the President of Azerbaijan.

From Mail Online

Shocking footage has appeared showing a dying mountain bear being held captive in a filthy cage drinking from a Coca-Cola bottle for the amusement of customers in an Azerbaijan cafe.

The cruel spectacle has been branded ‘a disgrace’ by The International Fund for Animal Welfare.

The harrowing scenes show the malnourished bear gripping the plastic bottle with its paws in a cramped, squalid cage.

The pictures were taken last month in the city of Gabala by Daryl Willard a British sports coach who has worked in the former Soviet republic.

Please click on each picture to enlarge it.

Gabala is where former England football captain Tony Adams currently lives and manages a team.

Mr Willard, 27, revealed that just a few days after his initial visit he returned to confront the cafe owner only to discover the bear had died and been replaced by another one.

He told the Sun: ‘People cheered and shouted as they watched the starving bear drink from the cola bottle and eat sandwich leftovers they threw.

‘A few days after it died, there was a new one. They told me they catch a new one up in the mountains.’

The country’s embassy claimed the cruelty was ‘an isolated case’.

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Dear Ambassador,

I was shocked to witness footage of the cruel treatment of a bear filmed at a cafe in Gabala, Azerbaijan:

I am writing today to express my profound disappointment and disgust at such a display of animal abuse and am requesting your assistance to prohibit this cruelty characterized by enslaving animals. Indeed, a dying bear imprisoned in a small, dirty, and disgusting cage was made to drink soda and forced to endure not only abuse but also apathetic teasing and taunting from amused cafe patrons. It has also come to my attention that shortly after this depraved spectacle, the bear died, only to be replaced by another.

Although official statements have defined this case as “isolated” it is impossible to assert that humane protocols are observed given the lack of welfare standards. Furthermore, it is important to acknowledge that any imprisonment is fundamentally cruel, subjecting non-human animals to inadequate space, inferior care, suffering, pain, and lack of companionship and enriching environment: in other words, all animals, intrinsically valuable beyond monetary benefit, are being exploited in demonstrably cruel and unnecessary manners when condemned to human animal entertainment.

It is my hope that you will make the ethical decision to use your influence and capacity as a country representative to ensure that this will cease immediately. However, as long as Azerbaijan continues to unnecessarily capitalize on the exploitation, imprisonment, and maltreatment of non-human animals, I will not financially support you. It is also important to recognize that consumers are increasingly rejecting those destinations that are complicit in the suffering and unnecessary treatment of animals by shifting their loyalties; I hope that you will extend such an ethical and obligatory gesture as well.

I understand your time is limited and I thank you for your attention and consideration.



how the human race
hastens its own
animal cruelty
for public
voyeurs of the
we sane ones,

Karen Lyons Kalmenson

41 Comments leave one →
  1. germeaux permalink
    November 3, 2010 3:42 pm



  2. ana molina permalink
    November 3, 2010 5:24 pm



  3. sharon truax permalink
    November 3, 2010 7:17 pm

    what the hell is wrong with people! they think this is funny!! i think they are sick and i wish i could put there ass in the cage and let them starve to death slowly and i’ll watch and laugh at their sorry excuse for humans!! what a disgrace!!!should be charged with something!! not right getting away with this cruelty over and over!!


    • sharon truax permalink
      November 3, 2010 7:21 pm

      what the hell is wrong with people these days!! getting enjoyment at watching starving bear!! the world is getting sicker and sicker every year!!i hope the world does end in 2012 as they are perdicking for humanity is crazy! out of control!!some humans don’t belong in this world! they deserve a place in hell!what a disgrace!!


      • sharon truax permalink
        November 4, 2010 11:52 am

        what embassie do we send our complaints to?


      • November 4, 2010 1:52 pm

        Hi, Sharon ~

        Feel free to pick any of them if there are none in your country. Thank you so much.


  4. Nadya Rossi permalink
    November 4, 2010 12:08 am

    Is there no limit to man’s cruelty and depravity? To whom can I write or call to protest this thuggish, fiendish behavior to a pitiful dying creature that would have appreciated one act of human kindness? Shame on every person involved in this brutal act.


  5. November 4, 2010 4:45 am

    Nothing surprises me, regarding the depths of mans’ wicked and selfish cruelty to all beautiful, innocent animals, but these pictures of sheer squalidness and despair have reduced me to tears. WHY do arrogant humans think they have the right to torture ANY animal in this way…the pictures scream out of misery and despair…..these stupid, ignorant people have actually poisoned this poor bear and are now doing exactly the same to another because there are no decent Animal Welfare laws in place so no one has even bothered to stop them. This poor bear has finally found peace, but what about the next, and the one after that?????? Someone MUST stop these evil cruelties now…using bears for ANY form of vile entertainment (bear baiting, bear dancing, etc etc), MUSTt end in this, the 21st century, if all countries involved, wish to be called civilized.


  6. karen lyons kalmenson permalink
    November 4, 2010 5:20 am

    how the human race
    hastens its own
    animal cruelty
    for public
    voyeurs of the
    we sane ones,


  7. November 4, 2010 5:29 am

    İ live in Azerbaijan, but i am not sick and i have written about this bear in my blog. Bear’s condition was unbearable and it died , but now people have brought a new bear into that cage. i am sorry ,this accident has been in Azerbaiajn but they must punish.


  8. L. Jackson permalink
    November 4, 2010 6:04 am

    So sad that we are so removed from our hearts we cannot see the suffering…….if this was a friend imprisoned, drinking some toxic substance, while others were entertained, you would be mortified, what is the difference, except the fact this animal has less rights than a human being……….this is beyond cruel, it is stupidity in its finest hour……………..


  9. Stephen permalink
    November 4, 2010 7:35 am

    Which of the ambassador’s is best to send letter to?


    • November 4, 2010 1:50 pm

      Hi, Stephen ~

      If there is no Azerbaijan embassy in your country, feel free to pick another; I used the US addresses.

      Thanks much.


  10. Soledad Konowalskyj permalink
    November 4, 2010 8:25 am



  11. November 4, 2010 8:48 am

    How low can some humans get, My appinion on the human race has just been comfirmed


  12. Nathalie Moravec permalink
    November 4, 2010 9:32 am

    Ich kann gar nicht alles lesen…ich finde es so so furchtbar was die Menschen diesen armen Tieren antun…Ihr Leid tut mir in der Seele weh…


  13. November 4, 2010 10:20 am

    This is sad and terrible. People, animals and every thing should have the right to die in peace and in happiness. This is pathetic remember what goes around comes around.


  14. Linda Heffernan permalink
    November 4, 2010 11:56 am

    I was sickened by the above these people should be made to endure the same and then see how funny it is.Im sick of hearing its beacuse the country need educating.Thats just a piss pore excuse, every human knows right and wrong.


  15. MICHELLE MOREL permalink
    November 4, 2010 2:31 pm

    another sorry tale of animal cruelty by evil mankind just for entertainment and profit so so sad always the the defenseless tortured string these b…..ds up


  16. November 4, 2010 2:42 pm

    I am totaly discusted seeing this. I hope Those customers choke on Their food !


  17. Animal Connection permalink
    November 4, 2010 2:52 pm

    The bear sadly died and was immediately replaced with another one. How could people enjoy watching a starving bear, living in horrendous conditions? No compassion whatsoever… I don’t know if it’s that the majority of people are so stupid and ignorant that they cannot recognize suffering, or if it’s just that they don’t give a damn. Either way it’s pathetic.


  18. PAT MYERS permalink
    November 4, 2010 3:48 pm



  19. Hella permalink
    November 4, 2010 6:24 pm

    crazy people!:@


  20. Karen permalink
    November 4, 2010 7:00 pm

    First there was human holocaust, now we’re in the animal holocaust…..What next???…..The whole world holocaust???


  21. joao permalink
    November 4, 2010 7:39 pm

    uma autentica barbaridade,stop this now,you are crazy people that soffering of mentals psyco
    sao humanos,mas de cerebro nao chegam nem a inteligencia do urso,os animais nao fazem mal,sao seres puros,os homens sim,sao um bando de idiotas k premiam as guerras e atrocidades como estas,quando podiam perfeitamente fazer o contrario

    bando de otarios


  22. Janelle permalink
    November 4, 2010 10:35 pm

    Sending letter to US Consulate immediately. Thanks for information.


  23. LiLY Simone Pierre permalink
    November 5, 2010 10:12 am

    I am so disgusted I don’t know what to say except that I have lost faith in humanity. Except for those ppl, those Earth Angels that are activist, advocates, vegetarians, vegans and all fighting to save these poor tortured, beautiful creatures, eveyone else is mean, cold, noncompassionate, apathetic or, as in many cases such as this one, sadistic.
    What does this say about our human side? Our genes? PPL that can do this have something sadistically evil in them = psychotic = as in serial killers that torture humans. They would do more of this if not for fear of being caught.

    Please everyone, do whatever you can to help stop the edidemic of animals tortures going on here and all over the world. Please? Because it is an epidemic that ppl aren’t aware of. As long as ppl have their home, their material things, their food, thier comfort, they don’t care enough to help the tortured, the suffering, the dieing.

    If you don’t do something to stop it..anything…any fight, then you are also the cause of it.


  24. November 5, 2010 3:16 pm

    The arrogance of the human animal is appalling! Clever but brutal and barbaric! This is disgusting and a very sad story indeed!


  25. Rita Stieberger permalink
    November 6, 2010 8:45 am

    stop this cruelty


  26. michela messineo permalink
    November 7, 2010 6:43 am

    TERRIBLE!!!!!!!!!!!!! PLEASE LEAVE BEARS ALONE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


  27. Karen Neubauer permalink
    November 8, 2010 12:42 am

    Oh my God. Whyyyyyyy?! What is wrong with humans?! That poor, innocent, beautiful animal 😦 😦 😦 And now they’re doing the same thing to another one!! Just SO wrong.


  28. Sissy Mac Neil permalink
    November 8, 2010 3:43 pm

    Oh this is horrible.So obvious the poor bear was sick.He looked very weak and drained.There is always some heartless sicko that finds this amusing.Poor baby,RIP.


  29. Maria Furman permalink
    November 13, 2010 12:10 am

    here is the page from the website of President of Azerbaijan, you can send a letter to him


  30. sharon truax permalink
    November 13, 2010 6:12 am

    yes, this site did work to send letter to the president of azarbaijan. please send him one in this cruel treatment of this innocent bear!!!


  31. Stephen permalink
    November 13, 2010 7:01 am

    Just sent an email to the president of Azarbaijan. Thanks to sharon truax for the link.


  32. November 13, 2010 9:10 am

    Thank you so much, everyone. Sharon and Maria, thanks much for the address, I will include that above.


  33. Jason permalink
    November 16, 2010 9:58 pm

    Azerbaijan doesn’t only treats its bears badly, but it also treats human beings even worse! For example, if you call yourself an Armenian in Azerbaijan, the authorities will jail you, beat you and torture you, or even kill you! All ethnic minorities such as Armenians, Talish, Kurds and Lezgins are treated much worse in Azerbaijan than this bear!


  34. December 11, 2010 9:13 pm

    OMG. Poor bear 😥


  35. Zuzana Lackova permalink
    February 16, 2011 3:56 pm

    I cry!



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