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Urge the USDA to Protect Captive Bears ! PLEASE TAKE ACTION ! !


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

Cher
- 389 days ago - peta.org
Despite dragging its heels for more than a year after PETA petitioned it to enact stronger regulatory protection for bears, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has finally opened the public comment period for consideration of this critical



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Cher Away Moving (1470)
Wednesday December 4, 2013, 5:57 am


http://www.regulations.gov/#!documentDetail;D=APHIS-2012-0106-0001

 

Cher Away Moving (1470)
Wednesday December 4, 2013, 5:57 am


Please feel free to use our sample letter, but remember that using your own words is always more effective.

I was shocked to learn that the USDA—which is supposed to ensure the humane treatment of animals—allows roadside zoos and other licensees to keep bears in tiny cages and even concrete pits that deprive the animals of the opportunity to satisfy their basic needs and instincts. Bears in the wild have home ranges of up to thousands of miles, yet the USDA currently allows licensees to keep bears in tiny cages, where the animals can take only a few steps in any direction. A North Carolina judge ruled last year that a roadside zoo committed illegal cruelty to animals by forcing a bear to live in near total sensory deprivation in a concrete dog run that USDA inspectors found acceptable. Clearly, something must change in order to fulfill the intended purpose of the Animal Welfare Act. Ensuring the humane treatment of bears requires—at a minimum—specific regulations that are tailored to bears’ instinctual need to forage, explore, bathe, climb, and den, and hibernate. Please implement the proposed bear-specific regulations to ensure the humane treatment of captive bears.


 

Nicole W. (645)
Wednesday December 4, 2013, 6:00 am
ty Cher
 

Frances Darcy (225)
Wednesday December 4, 2013, 6:05 am
edited message sent
 

Leslene Dunn (74)
Wednesday December 4, 2013, 6:23 am
Noted and signed.
 

Constance F. (431)
Wednesday December 4, 2013, 6:41 am
certainly, thank you. Comment sent
Your comment was submitted successfully!
The Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) Proposed Rule: Animal Welfare Act: Petition to Promulgate Standards for Bears

Your Comment Tracking Number: 1jx-893q-2p7k
 

. (0)
Wednesday December 4, 2013, 6:46 am
Your Comment Tracking Number: 1jx-893q-gzeh, sample letter sent
Noted - thank you so much Cher
 

Kay M. (348)
Wednesday December 4, 2013, 6:47 am
done.
 

Lisa sick Windsor (149)
Wednesday December 4, 2013, 7:30 am
Done!
 

Natasha Salgado (578)
Wednesday December 4, 2013, 7:35 am
Comment submitted-thx Cher
 

. (0)
Wednesday December 4, 2013, 8:11 am
The USDA currently allows bears to be kept in conditions that constitute cruelty to animals. I wonder how much money the USDA is pocketing. Done

Read more: http://www.peta.org/action/action-alerts/urge-usda-protect-captive-bears-2/#ixzz2mWUfuPuE
 

Monica T. (294)
Wednesday December 4, 2013, 8:34 am
Noted and signed. Thanks, Cher!
 

Monica T. (294)
Wednesday December 4, 2013, 8:38 am
Noted and comment sent. Thanks, Cher
 

Monique Pouchet (236)
Wednesday December 4, 2013, 9:03 am
Done, but I could not see if the comment is sent.
 

KAREN SickAgain G. (226)
Wednesday December 4, 2013, 10:26 am
done
 

Lisa Neste (710)
Wednesday December 4, 2013, 10:46 am
Your comment was submitted successfully!
 

Ruth S. (298)
Wednesday December 4, 2013, 11:23 am
Done!
 

Ed V. (189)
Wednesday December 4, 2013, 12:30 pm
SN & mailed, Thanks
 

Ed V. (189)
Wednesday December 4, 2013, 12:45 pm
S&N,Thanks
 

Mary T. (321)
Wednesday December 4, 2013, 1:11 pm
Your Comment Tracking Number: 1jx-893x-y1de - thank you Cher
 

AniMae Chi (434)
Wednesday December 4, 2013, 1:52 pm
Your Comment Tracking Number: 1jx-893x-uv9o
 

Allan Yorkowitz (448)
Wednesday December 4, 2013, 2:59 pm
Thank you
 

anonymous X. (93)
Wednesday December 4, 2013, 3:17 pm
Thank you
 

S J. (119)
Wednesday December 4, 2013, 4:47 pm
Thanks Cher
 

Pat B. (355)
Wednesday December 4, 2013, 5:36 pm
TY, Cher.Done.
Your Comment Tracking Number: 1jx-8941-xgnb
 

Elizabeth M. (68)
Wednesday December 4, 2013, 5:56 pm
Thank You Cher, Noted
 

Michelle S. (458)
Wednesday December 4, 2013, 8:24 pm
Comment:

Bears, who have natural ranges of up to thousands of miles in the wild, are currently being kept in cramped cages and concrete pits at deplorable roadside facilities all across the United States. These horrific exhibits place bears on display to generate a profit while disregarding their most basic needs.

Many bears at roadside zoos spend most of their waking hours pacing, head-butting the cages and engaging in other abnormal behaviors indicative of suffering such as self-mutilation—all because the USDA has disregarded the space, enrichment, dietary, and behavioral needs of captive bears, who recent studies have proven are just as complex and intelligent as primates.

I am therefore urging the USDA to implement regulations requiring that captive bears be provided with adequate space, enrichment, naturalistic habitats, nutritious diets and opportunities to den, explore, run, bathe, and engage in other necessary for their minimum physical and psychological well-being.

It is the duty of the USDA to ensure the humane treatment of animals. Allowing roadside zoos and other licensees to keep bears in tiny cages, concrete pits and dog runs that deprive them of the opportunity to satisfy their basic needs and instincts is a violation of the very laws you are required to uphold. Ensuring the humane treatment of bears requires—at a minimum—specific regulations that are tailored to bears’ instinctual needs to forage, explore, bathe, climb, den and hibernate.

Please implement the proposed bear-specific regulations to ensure the humane treatment of captive bears across the United States and punish those facilities and owners who violate the USDA regulations enacted to protect them.
 

Jade N. (22)
Wednesday December 4, 2013, 8:43 pm
thanks!
 

Jeanne Rogers (856)
Wednesday December 4, 2013, 9:51 pm
Thank you.
 

Betty Kelly (4)
Wednesday December 4, 2013, 10:38 pm
THERE SHOULD BE NO CAPTIVE BEARS. BEARS BELONG IN THE WILD. Because of greed, ignorance and sociopaths there are some captive bears, they should be protected.
 

Ana R (220)
Wednesday December 4, 2013, 11:36 pm
Done.
Thank you, Cher.
 

Lisa Zarafonetis (174)
Wednesday December 4, 2013, 11:56 pm
S & S
 

Sherri G. (117)
Thursday December 5, 2013, 1:16 am
Signed and Noted TY Cher
 

Tanya W. (55)
Thursday December 5, 2013, 3:30 am
Noted.
 

(8)
Thursday December 5, 2013, 3:50 am
Notée
 

Jinny L. (72)
Thursday December 5, 2013, 4:33 am
Comment submitted.....thank you Cher for sharing.
 

Danuta Watola (1217)
Thursday December 5, 2013, 4:36 am
noted
 

Connie Palladini (94)
Thursday December 5, 2013, 5:04 am
signed
 

karin c. (131)
Thursday December 5, 2013, 5:31 am
Signed.
 

Fi T. (16)
Thursday December 5, 2013, 5:37 am
They've lost their freedom
 

Joy Wong (76)
Thursday December 5, 2013, 5:40 am
Thanks.
 

Sara P. (64)
Thursday December 5, 2013, 8:37 am
Noted, thank you Cher.
 

Past Member (0)
Thursday December 5, 2013, 9:24 am
Done. Thanks for sharing !
 

Johnice Reid (11)
Thursday December 5, 2013, 1:59 pm
Noted, Signed, & Shared...
 

Joan McAllister (1064)
Thursday December 5, 2013, 4:24 pm
N & S. Thanks Cher
 

Jennifer B. (85)
Thursday December 5, 2013, 11:31 pm
Noted
 

Past Member (0)
Friday December 6, 2013, 12:53 am
Very important we all act on this.
 

Barbara V. (184)
Friday December 6, 2013, 4:59 am
email sent, Signed & Noted, Thank you
 

Jan Garen (78)
Sunday December 8, 2013, 2:51 am
Protect them.
 

Kelly Grant (0)
Wednesday December 11, 2013, 10:26 am
I am saddened to learn that the inhumane treatment of these Beautiful Beings is allowed to continue on in roadside zoos & other licensees~ To keep Bears in concrete pits & deprive them of their instinctual needs to forage, explore,climb,den & to be free,they are sensory deprived.For what !? Human Profiteers To Line Their Pockets At The Cost Of HUMANITY~~ PLEASE WAKE UP......................................
 
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