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Urge Cherokee Elders to Keep Bear Pit CLOSED ! PLEASE TAKE ACTION ! !

Animals  (tags: animals, AnimalWelfare, cruelty, environment, protection, suffering )

- 1314 days ago -
Because of weather conditions, the tribal council postponed its deliberations on the closure of the decrepit bear pits in Cherokee, North Carolina, to this coming Tuesday, March 19. If you have taken action in behalf of the bears--who have been suffering

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CherAWAY N. (1449)
Sunday March 17, 2013, 8:23 am

A lot of pressure is being put on the council to keep the bear pits open, despite the suffering and the fact that they stigmatize the entire tribe. Chief Michell Hicks and the council members need to hear from as many people as possible about the importance of closing the bear pits and sending the bears to reputable sanctuaries.

Please send polite comments to (copy and paste entire block of email addresses into the SEND field on your email):;;;;;;;;;;;;

Please refrain from using the words "bear" and "Cherokee" in your e-mail subject line to avoid having your e-mail blocked.


Past Member (0)
Sunday March 17, 2013, 9:04 am
E-mails will be sent shortly!

Kit B. (276)
Sunday March 17, 2013, 9:21 am

Letters (emails) sent - Thank you for everything you do for animals!

pam w. (138)
Sunday March 17, 2013, 9:22 am

. (0)
Sunday March 17, 2013, 9:50 am
thanks Cher

naomi cohen (51)
Sunday March 17, 2013, 11:17 am
all done. thank you, cher.

Thomas P. (449)
Sunday March 17, 2013, 11:19 am
Noted, emails sent...thanks Cher

natasha salgado (717)
Sunday March 17, 2013, 11:48 am
Emails sent,thanks Cher.

Many Feathers (139)
Sunday March 17, 2013, 11:56 am
yes this is important

. (0)
Sunday March 17, 2013, 12:04 pm
emails to be sent

Past Member (0)
Sunday March 17, 2013, 12:14 pm
This is of the utmost importance. Messages have been sent. Now we wait and pray. Thank you, Cher.

Christeen Anderson (659)
Sunday March 17, 2013, 12:58 pm

Suzanne Site Problems (131)
Sunday March 17, 2013, 1:14 pm
will send; previously signed petition

michelle t. (41)
Sunday March 17, 2013, 1:35 pm
Emails sent

Angelika R. (143)
Sunday March 17, 2013, 1:46 pm
Although I am more than confident that the tribal councel will do THE RIGHT THING and vote for CLOSING despite any possible pressure for the opposite, I will email them , but need some sample for that. What possible subject line avoiding those 2 words is there?????

Elizabeth M. (65)
Sunday March 17, 2013, 2:23 pm
noted and already sent emails. Thanks Cher.

Ann P. (17)
Sunday March 17, 2013, 2:56 pm
Noted. Will send e-mail. L♡ve ☮ Peace.

Past Member (0)
Sunday March 17, 2013, 3:17 pm
I tried to send the emails left out all the words like bears and cherokee but they still were all blocked

Noted thanks

Angelika R. (143)
Sunday March 17, 2013, 3:36 pm
Carol, good to know so I will spare the trouble altogether. Nobody replied me and that event is in 2 days anyway.

Ruth M. (235)
Sunday March 17, 2013, 3:46 pm
Emails sent

LMj Recovering Sunshine (144)
Sunday March 17, 2013, 4:04 pm
Noted, thank you.

Birgit W. (159)
Sunday March 17, 2013, 4:46 pm

Sandi C. (151)
Sunday March 17, 2013, 4:51 pm

Christine Stewart (134)
Sunday March 17, 2013, 4:51 pm
If they want to keep the bears on exhibit so badly, why don't they improve the conditions of the enclosures, so at least the bears could have a better life.

Natalie V. (27)
Sunday March 17, 2013, 4:58 pm
noted / sent

Ruth M. (235)
Sunday March 17, 2013, 4:59 pm
Looks like my emails have been blocked also!!

Elizabeth Reynolds (60)
Sunday March 17, 2013, 6:57 pm
I my first email didn't use Cherokee or bear in any of the text, but go rejected. I tried again, and managed to not use the words Cherokee, bear, pits, zoos, and I got all but 2 through. Here's the text for anyone else trying!

I am writing to urge you to help put a stop to the deplorable conditions in the roadside attractions on your lands. I know these sites are not being run by legitimate members of the tribe, and abusing animals like this is completely against the reverence for the natural world I have heard from all Native Americans I've known here in Minnesota and Wisconsin. Please, help save these animals from abuse, neglect and deliberate starvation and remove these trespassers from your lands.

Mary R. (278)
Sunday March 17, 2013, 7:13 pm

Diane B. (275)
Sunday March 17, 2013, 8:12 pm
done dear

Past Member (0)
Sunday March 17, 2013, 9:12 pm
Just sent out my email to all. Will wait to see whether or not it goes through this time. Last attempt the creator of the effort had to send it on my behalf.

Colleen L. (3)
Sunday March 17, 2013, 9:43 pm
Email sent. Thanks Cher

Patricia H. (440)
Sunday March 17, 2013, 9:54 pm
noted and shared

Esther Z. (94)
Sunday March 17, 2013, 10:19 pm

Marie W. (67)
Sunday March 17, 2013, 11:59 pm

Leslene Dunn (84)
Monday March 18, 2013, 12:02 am
Previously signed - just sickening and heartbreaking.

Danuta Watola (1264)
Monday March 18, 2013, 1:14 am

Tanya W. (65)
Monday March 18, 2013, 2:14 am
Noted and emails sent. Hoping for a better future for these bears.

Susan H. (102)
Monday March 18, 2013, 3:29 am

Monday March 18, 2013, 3:41 am
E-mails sent...
Thank you!

Ilona a. (51)
Monday March 18, 2013, 4:53 am

Carol H. (229)
Monday March 18, 2013, 5:07 am
e-mails sent, thanks Cher

Liz No FWDS Gillard (71)
Monday March 18, 2013, 5:27 am
Noted,emails on there way and praying for a better life for these poor suffering bears!!!! Thank you Cher.Liz Xx

Ruth C. (141)
Monday March 18, 2013, 5:48 am

Lisa Zarafonetis (168)
Monday March 18, 2013, 6:30 am

paul m. (93)
Monday March 18, 2013, 6:48 am


Joy Wong (99)
Monday March 18, 2013, 7:21 am

Stephanie Reap (192)
Monday March 18, 2013, 7:55 am

Tal H. (10)
Monday March 18, 2013, 8:20 am

Yvonne F. (180)
Monday March 18, 2013, 8:24 am
I don't know if these email addresses functions, I got mine in return, unfortunately. I hope it functions now!
Thanks Cher

Yvonne F. (180)
Monday March 18, 2013, 8:26 am
So emails sent again

Jo S. (619)
Monday March 18, 2013, 8:30 am

Amy E. (66)
Monday March 18, 2013, 8:35 am
Emails sent! Thanks Elizabeth for the wording!

Maria S. (95)
Monday March 18, 2013, 9:02 am
Noted & Action Taken. Thanks.

Bryna Pizzo (139)
Monday March 18, 2013, 9:34 am
Thank you Cher! (Noted, shared, tweeted, and the email will be sent soon)

tracey p. (81)
Monday March 18, 2013, 11:15 am
To all concerned,
I am sure that you are all compassionate people. Perhaps, here in Scotland, where you are seems a world away. But I have faith in a shared humanity that will see the closure of the bear pit, and the freeing of the precious bears to an animal sanctuary, where they will be able to live happy lives.
I trust in the goodness of your hearts and spirits that the happiness and wellbeing of these magnificent animals will be your priority, and I thank you in advance in the hope that I am right. It may seem like where you are is a world away from me, but it is just one world, and we must all be compassionate if we want that world to work.
Yours, with much respect and hope,

Betty Kelly (4)
Monday March 18, 2013, 11:34 am
Bear pits should be illeagl. How can torment of bears be stoped?

Maggie Schafer (1)
Monday March 18, 2013, 12:51 pm
Cherokee elders are cowards - the have blocked their e-mail as has the tourist bureau! BUT you can go to the website and call any and all at home!

cynthia AWAY b. (207)
Monday March 18, 2013, 1:12 pm
done this is a black eye for native people Do the right thing, free theses neglected animals

Beth M. (238)
Monday March 18, 2013, 1:55 pm
Emails sent.

Please respect what the Creator has given to you. Please close the bear pits and send these innocent bears to reputable sanctuaries.
Thank you.


Past Member (0)
Monday March 18, 2013, 1:58 pm
I am of Cherokee bloodlines, and I signed. Thanks.

Beth M. (238)
Monday March 18, 2013, 2:09 pm
All 13 emails were blocked because I used the word "bear" in the content. Changed it to the following and none were returned:

Please respect the innocent animals that the Creator has entrusted to your care.
Thank you.

Cal Mendelsohn (1085)
Monday March 18, 2013, 2:41 pm
Thanks Cher

Monday March 18, 2013, 3:02 pm
Noted & e-maols sent. Thanks Cher

Jade N. (22)
Monday March 18, 2013, 4:43 pm

MarĂ­a Barbosa (14)
Monday March 18, 2013, 6:17 pm
signed lots of petitions

Tamara Hayes (185)
Monday March 18, 2013, 6:48 pm
Noted, sent emails to all names listed, twittered and google shared. Thanks Cher

Dianne D. (491)
Monday March 18, 2013, 9:05 pm
Emails sent.

Georgeta Trandafir (32)
Tuesday March 19, 2013, 7:59 am
noted and emails sent

Dianne D. (491)
Tuesday March 19, 2013, 9:17 am
emails sent but were returned again. I didn't use bear, cherokee, but used roadside zoo's and it was still returned.

Angie V. (41)
Tuesday March 19, 2013, 2:10 pm

Millie Bowling (0)
Wednesday March 20, 2013, 10:03 am
The bears have to wait until the April 11th Tribal Council meeting before a decision determining their quality of life for the rest of their lives can be made! The elders did a great job last night presenting their resolution to close the zoos and relocate the bears to accredited sanctuaries. The owner of the Cherokee Zoo claimed the pressure is coming from "outside" of Cherokee and not the decision of the Cherokee people. The Cherokee Bear Zoo owner is still proclaiming they are not in violation of any laws and all this is happening because of outside influences. Those are false statements, she and the Chief are the only ones insisting on displaying wild animals on the Qualla Boundary.

The Chief says he wants public input but has blocked all the emails to the council members. One way you can help is to go to tripadvisor Cherokee Zoo in Cherokee North Carolina and let them know what you think of holding bears in cement pits, ripping cubs from their mothers and placing them in small cages, the abuse go on and on!

Please go to for more information.

Michael Holland (10)
Friday March 22, 2013, 3:10 pm

lee e. (114)
Friday March 22, 2013, 3:47 pm
I too am at a loss as to how to express this "sensitive" email -- thanks for the post - it brings it to my attention.

Don Schwarz (5)
Friday March 22, 2013, 3:49 pm
Noted and emails sent. Will try what Millie B. tells us!

Robert T. (5)
Friday March 22, 2013, 3:55 pm
Bad news. They seem to be blocking everything with the word 'bear'. I'm not sure other stuff is being blocked, but it might be. Arrogant prick!! :-@:-(

Past Member (0)
Friday March 22, 2013, 4:32 pm
emailed sent

Lesley Charlton (1)
Friday March 22, 2013, 5:35 pm

Deirdre Boyne (3)
Friday March 22, 2013, 6:09 pm
To have Cherokee blood in me and then hear of this, I feel ashamed. I am very disappointed to hear this, that the Cherokee Elders are allowing cruelty to bears, who are very sacred and passionate beings. They deserve to be free, for that is where they are most happy, most healthy, and most able to live as they desire. Please release the bears.

~ Raven

tiffany t. (142)
Friday March 22, 2013, 9:16 pm
disturbing, shocking Elders would allow deplorable treatment of the guardian

Hardik Shah (2)
Saturday March 23, 2013, 2:22 am

Betty Kelly (4)
Saturday March 23, 2013, 9:37 am
Bear pits need to be closed. Why do you want these bears to live a life of misery?

Alison Baker (25)
Saturday March 23, 2013, 6:38 pm
I expect better from the Cherokee Nation.

Valerie V. (8)
Sunday March 24, 2013, 8:48 am
Noted! Thanks :)

federico bortoletto (46)
Sunday March 24, 2013, 8:59 am
Notato. Grazie Cher.

Kathleen S. (7)
Monday March 25, 2013, 7:59 pm
You would think that Native Americans would respect their bear brother. They should look to their ancestors and find out how they should treat Brother Bear.
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