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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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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!

5:50PM PDT on Sep 11, 2012

Awesome!! Kudos to ALDF, PETA, the sanctuary and all who helped in his relocation. He is happy splashing in the water at his new home. Hope you have many happy years there, Ben. I hope all the animals can get relocated from that hell of a zoo.

1:48PM PDT on Sep 8, 2012

Congrats People!!!

8:52AM PDT on Sep 8, 2012

The sunspots has more to do with the changing climate than anything else.
Good reading about this is David Icke's books.

8:42AM PDT on Sep 8, 2012

I want to thank everyone involved in making it possible for Ben to be delivered from the horrible live he has been living.
I was one of the people signing the petition over a year ago. At the time I felt it was such a small thing to do, I wanted so much to be able to help more. BUT here we see how much can be done when we pull together. THANK YOU ALL!!!!! /Theresia

2:25PM PDT on Sep 5, 2012

Thank you, God sent people, for loving and supporting and doing for these innocent animals and giving them another new free life. They need find those roaches responsible and put them behind bars for one year in a wet, nasty and dirty cell filled with mice and roaches and no bed, but a wet floor to sleep on. People who treat animals this way deserve it.

4:12PM PDT on Sep 3, 2012

We must monitor to make sure that Jambbas is NEVER allowed to own another pet.

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