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Ben the Bear Free from His Tiny Concrete Cage (Video)

Ben the Bear Free from His Tiny Concrete Cage (Video)

Great news — Ben the Bear is free!

Ben the Bear had spent his life locked in a barren wire cage on a concrete floor, with nothing to do and no other bears, as Care2 reported on April 27 in Lawyers Sue to Save Ben the Bear. He had to drink and bathe in the same filthy water, and eat dry dog food off the same floor where he eliminated. He had nothing to play with but an old broken ball.

Thanks to a lawsuit by the Animal Legal Defense Fund, PETA, and two private citizens, Ben is now living large at the Performing Animals Welfare Sanctuary. You can watch him being airlifted from Fayetteville, North Carolina and enjoying his new California home in this video:

Clearly Ben really likes to splash.

Jambbas Ranch, the roadside zoo that made Ben’s life hell, still holds lots of other animals in similarly miserable conditions. The lawsuit asks the U.S. Department of Agriculture not to allow Jambbas to own animals: it needs a license under the Animal Welfare Act to do so, and the USDA itself has found that Jambbas violated the Act multiple times.

On Monday, August 27th, Care2 delivered over 2,500 signatures on a petition to USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack asking him to refuse an AWA license to Jambbas, which would force it to give up its animals and prevent it from getting any more.

Read more about Ben, watch another video about his cage-to-sanctuary story, and learn about the effort to save the remaining Jambbas animals here.

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Photo credit: Animal Legal Defense Fund

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6:04PM PDT on Aug 20, 2014

Loved this video! Thanks for the happy ending!

3:39PM PDT on Aug 20, 2014

so good finally "someone" had the guts to really care! THANX!

7:51AM PDT on Aug 20, 2014

Excellent story:) Why do we let idiot's run their own roadside zoo's? What about the other animals at Jambbas Ranch? Ben is a very lucky bear maybe the other one's left behind can be just as lucky someday!

6:40AM PDT on Aug 20, 2014

What a great story! Thanks for sharing.

5:54AM PDT on Aug 20, 2014

YES! Thank you PETA, ADI and Human Society for freeing Ben. when will people learn animals are not ours, they are their own beings, living beings.

3:17AM PDT on Aug 20, 2014

Great story. SO glad that beautiful Ben was rescued.

2:59PM PST on Dec 24, 2012

GOD bless you all!! I'm so happy that Ben no longer has to live in hell, but insted has his own little piece of heaven. Thank you for your dedication and determination!!! Jambbas needs to be shut down and all other hell holes like it.....

10:41PM PDT on Nov 2, 2012

Because no one cares :(

I'm thrilled for Ben :)

9:26PM PDT on Sep 23, 2012

I am overjoyed that Ben has been released from his prison and will spend his remaining years enjoying life.
I have to ask: why is it that it takes a team of lawyers, petitions, and several animal rights groups to force the USDA to do their job? How many more 'Bens' are out there?

9:15PM PDT on Sep 23, 2012

i really enjoyed watching his new found curiousity towards the effects of splashing and being in the water. he seemed to really entertain himself and have fun in the water :) It's so nice to see after being cooped up for so long under such horrendous conditions!

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