The Mary T. and
Frank L. Hoffman
Letters and Responses
I'm not sure if you are the right person to contact, but I hope that if you are not, you will forward this to the person who can take care of this.
My husband and I visited your zoo today and are very concerned about the health of the black bears. One of them was pacing around in a circle which is suppose to be indicative of insanity. Another bear that was more brown was molting and panting terribly and looked absolutely miserable. Their surroundings are a far cry from their natural environment.
I understand that funds are limited, but please don't take it out on the animals. If you can't provide for them well, then you shouldn't have them. You should only have what you can do well with within your means of income.
Please either correct the situation for the mental and physical health of the black bears or send them to someone who can.
We frequent the Smoky Mountains and know what healthy black bears should look and act like.
See more at: Black Bears in Zoo
Reply from Frank and Mary Hoffman
Thank you very much for your concern and for sending us a copy of your letter to the Jackson Zoo. We wish more people would also write. It would also be helpful it you would write about this in a letter to the editor of the Jackson newspapers. The key is to expose these horrors to the public so that public opinion will force an end to the cruelty. Did you take any photos? They could really help.
We will also publicize this information, and see what we can do to change this situation at the Jackson Zoo.
In the Love of the Lord,
Frank and Mary
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