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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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1:52PM PDT on Mar 26, 2015

que grandiosa noticia!! se feliz ben y ahora a por tus compañeros!!! gracias

6:26AM PDT on Mar 16, 2015

I had a big smile - just watching him play happily in the water and having so much fun.
Thank you to all the fantastic people who fight for these animal's rights.

1:01PM PDT on Mar 14, 2015

Definitely a "reach for the tissues" moment.Well done!

12:27PM PDT on Mar 14, 2015

So happy for Ben.

6:29AM PDT on Mar 12, 2015

I am happy for Ben! Thank you for sharing

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

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