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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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10:53AM PDT on Aug 26, 2014

That is a nice story about Ben. I hope they clean the water hole for him. It looked a little dingy and dirty to me.

10:32AM PDT on Aug 26, 2014

Bless the judge and all others who worked toward Ben's re-homing. I loved the video of Ben getting to bed a bear. Thank you.

10:10AM PDT on Aug 26, 2014

Poor Ben

3:32AM PDT on Aug 26, 2014

All creatures should be born free and live free! Thank you for sharing)

7:16PM PDT on Aug 24, 2014

Wonderful, makes us all want to do more to help thanks for sharing

5:03PM PDT on Aug 24, 2014

thanks....since this is from 2012 -- post and video, anyupdates???

12:26PM PDT on Aug 23, 2014

good news

9:56AM PDT on Aug 23, 2014

It would be nice to turn that awful place into a place for good. Obviously there are cages already and it would take some effort to clean things up. That effort should result in an animal rehabilitation center- Ben's Animal Rehab Center. Convert something wrong into something right.

8:23AM PDT on Aug 23, 2014

Yay for Ben - now all he needs is a girlfriend!:) That hell hole he was forced to live in should be permanently closed down if that hasn't already happened. People who do this to animals deserve to go to prison and learn what it feels like to be locked up, forced to be around creatures you would not choose to be around, eat food you would not normally eat and drink filthy water: all choices suspended until your captor decides to either kill you or set you free - you never know which. I don't understand how they don't already get that!!! Either they're stupid or they do know better. Which is it? I would love to interview these idiots and attempt to understand the subhuman pupae from which they have emerged and injected themselves into the lives of unsuspecting animals and the people who love them. In January 2014 this death camp lost it's license: http://www.fayobserver.com/news/local/article. This country needs strict laws and severe punishment for monsters who abuse animals; not just slaps on the wrist and fines. Those days should be over.

3:46AM PDT on Aug 22, 2014

GOOD

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