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.

Related Stories:

Lawyers Sue to Save Ben the Bear

Battle to Free Truck Stop Tiger Continues

A Bill of Rights for Animals?


Photo credit: Animal Legal Defense Fund


Brenda Hixenbaugh
Brenda Hixenbaughabout a year ago

That was so great and I loved watching the big guy splash around in that water. Thank you so much for this rescue and please get those other animals out of there. Can't they be charged with Felony animal abuse?

sandra vito
Sandra Vito1 years ago

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

lynne kennedy
Lynne kennedy1 years ago

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.

Magdalen B.
Magdalen B.1 years ago

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

Carole R.
Carole R.1 years ago

So happy for Ben.

Paulinha Russell
Paulinha Russell1 years ago

I am happy for Ben! Thank you for sharing

Elizabeth Pease2 years ago

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.

Teresa Cowley
Teresa Cowley2 years ago

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.

Alexandra G.
Alexandra G.2 years ago

Poor Ben

Julia Oleynik
Julia Oleynik2 years ago

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