Send Cherokee Bears to Sanctuary

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Originally Posted: 11 August 2009

Send Cherokee Bears to Sanctuary

See Cherokee's Unbearable Bear Pits.

From People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA)

Tell Chief Hicks to close the Cherokee Bear pits and send them to a sanctuary.


Principal Chief Michell Hicks
The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians
P.O. Box 455
Cherokee, NC 28719
(828) 497-7000


Cherokee facilities display neurotic, hungry bears in desolate concrete pits or cramped cages in which they pace back and forth, walk in endless circles, cry and whimper, and beg for tourists to toss them a morsel of food.

Unregulated public feeding prevents the bears from receiving a consistent diet, which can result in the overfeeding of some bears and the underfeeding of others.

Surrounded by four solid walls that create an environment providing them with little sensory input, the bears in Cherokee’s bear pits cannot scan the horizon, gain a perspective on their surroundings, or make use of their acute sense of smell.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has cited Cherokee Bear Zoo repeatedly for failure to provide veterinary care to sick and underweight animals; failure to handle animals so that there is minimal risk of harm to the
animal and to the public; failure to provide environmental enrichment; and improper feeding and watering.

Thank you for everything you do for animals!

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