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Tell the USDA to Seize Abused Bears from Concrete Pit

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Originally Posted: January 8, 2013

Tell the USDA to Seize Abused Bears from Concrete Pit

[Ed. Note: VICTORY, July 2013 - With Bear Pit Closed, Animals Get Real Retirement]

MORE ACTION NEEDED as of March 15, 2013: Urge Cherokee Elders to Keep Bear Pit CLOSED

UPDATE, March 8, 2013:

The bears from Chief Saunooke Bear Park, the one the USDA fined and removed their license to exhibit animals, are being relocated to an accredited sanctuary. Two are already arrived at the International Exotic Animal Sanctuary in Boyd Texas with the other ten expected to be there within the next 60 days.

The Cherokee Tribal Council working session was postponed until the week of the March 18th due to bad weather. I thank you for all your efforts, emails and prayers. It is making a big difference. Lots of possibilities opening and yet we remain focused on removing the remaining bears as quickly as possible, into an accredited facilitation, and then the Cherokee can begin to create something new, something sacred and honoring to the bear.

VICTORY UPDATE February 5, 2013: Feds Fine Notorious Bear Pit, Suspend Its License]

FROM People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA)


Tell the USDA to IMMEDIATELY confiscate all bears from Chief Saunooke Bear Park (CSBP) and place them in a safe, accredited sanctuary.

Sign an online petition (copy/paste URL into your browser):

And/or better yet, make direct contact:

Tom Vilsack
Secretary of Agriculture
U.S. Department of Agriculture
1400 Independence Avenue S.W.
Washington, DC 20250
phone (202) 720-3631
fax (202) 720-2166
[email protected] 


PETA's undercover investigation of Chief Saunooke Bear Park (CSBP), a roadside collection of bear pits in Cherokee, North Carolina, found that CSBP confines bears to desolate concrete cells, where they are forced to beg for food and are deprived of all that is natural and important to them.

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Saunooke Bear Park captivity

We need your help now to get these animals to safety, where they can live like bears instead of pacing year after year on concrete.

CSBP's manager and bear handler admitted that workers deny bears food because, "If you feed them … they ain't gonna eat for people." The park's bear handler was caught on video saying it took "20 shots … in the head" to kill one of CSBP's bears and that there is "[n]othing better than a bear that's been eating bread and apples all its life. Meat's good."

PETA submitted its evidence to the U.S. Department of Agriculture and asked that it confiscate CSBP's bears. See all of the investigation photos here.

Thank you for everything you do for animals!

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