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.
Photo credit: Animal Legal Defense Fund