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- 719 days ago -
James and Tepa Hall force bears to perform degrading tricks while dressed and muzzled. When they aren't "performing" they live in tiny cells that get as hot as 96 degrees. The USDA has cited them, but done nothing. Please email venues to not book them!

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Sara W. (107)
Wednesday December 11, 2013, 9:10 pm
USDA citation: "Upon entering the trailer the eldest bear, approximately 33 years old, was lying on the floor of her enclosure staring vacantly into space. The exhibitor aroused the animal with treats then it proceeded to pant heavily. Surface temperatures were taken of the floor and halfway up the wall approximately animal height which ranged from 94 to 90 degrees. The outdoor ambient temperature was measured to be 92.8 degrees F with the heat index recently being in the 100’s. The transport vehicle does have large fans which blow into the upper portion of the cargo space. During the inspection the exhibitor added a fan which lowered the temperature to 88 degrees F. Additional measures need to be taken to protect the animals from extremes of temperature, to provide for their health and to prevent their discomfort. The temperature shall not be allowed to fall below nor rise above temperatures compatible with the health and comfort of the animal. Affects five adult bears.”

Please email venues that have booked the Hall's Bears in the past to not book them ever again:
Jamil Shrine Circus, Colombia, South Carolina
Richard B. Buzhardt, Potentate

“India” Shrine Circus, Oklahoma State Fairgrounds

Moolah Shrine Circus, St. Charles, Missouri
Mark Rethemeyer, Circus Director

Cherokee County Fair, Cherokee, IA

Bureau County Fairgrounds, Princeton, IL
Pete Reviglio, President

Natasha Salgado (672)
Wednesday December 11, 2013, 9:31 pm
5 emails sent-thx Sara

Michelle S. (462)
Wednesday December 11, 2013, 10:05 pm

Ondine J. (131)
Wednesday December 11, 2013, 10:35 pm
Noted and letters sent to all parties,thanks

. (0)
Wednesday December 11, 2013, 10:47 pm
Noted & action taken. Thanks Sara

Shelly Peterson (213)
Thursday December 12, 2013, 12:09 am

Leslene Dunn (79)
Thursday December 12, 2013, 12:43 am
Noted and already signed and commented - with thanks.

Robert O. (12)
Thursday December 12, 2013, 12:44 am
Thank you Sara.

Michael A. (28)
Thursday December 12, 2013, 1:00 am

kate K. (488)
Thursday December 12, 2013, 1:54 am
Noted and e-mail sent thank you Sara

Autumn Away S. (151)
Thursday December 12, 2013, 2:39 am
noted and action taken, TY Sara

wiz w. (10)
Thursday December 12, 2013, 3:30 am
sick evil bastards . leave the animals alone they don't need to learn evil tricks from you.we over here in Britain have BAN then now its your turn to do the same .contact your government NOW

Nicole W. (649)
Thursday December 12, 2013, 4:34 am
ty Sara

Fi T. (18)
Thursday December 12, 2013, 4:35 am
They're not clowns nor our properties

Cher C. (1462)
Thursday December 12, 2013, 4:59 am

thnx hun!


SJ A. (1)
Thursday December 12, 2013, 5:01 am
Thankfully in my birth country, animal circuses will be banned as from next year. Unfortunately where i live is a total different story as it is a culture thing especially with a certain category of people - sad but true.


Jinny L. (84)
Thursday December 12, 2013, 5:29 am
What an insult to animals to be forced to perform and dress like humans for human entertainment........ and to be subjected to such cruelty is an outrage. Thanks Sara for sharing. (I'm trying to send e-mails but have been "blocked" for some reason.)

Angelus Silesius (66)
Thursday December 12, 2013, 6:44 am
This cruelty should be stopped!!!

. (0)
Thursday December 12, 2013, 6:48 am
Noted - thank you Sara

Gloria picchetti (305)
Thursday December 12, 2013, 6:53 am
Here is the cut and pasted email list,,,,,

This is my letter;

To Whom It May Concern,
Please do not book the bears owned and trained by Texas-based James and Tepa Hall, currently touring the U.S. as ‘Bear Mountain’, ‘Hall’s Bears’ or ‘Castle’s Bears again.
The poor animals are mistreated. The dear creatures belong in good sanctuaries.
Thank you,
Real Name and address

. (0)
Thursday December 12, 2013, 7:00 am
E mails sent. Thanks for sharing, Sara.

Michela m. (4049)
Thursday December 12, 2013, 7:12 am
Noted!! thank you Sara

Lisa Neste (754)
Thursday December 12, 2013, 7:40 am
Action to be taken, thanks Sara.

Jan Garen (82)
Thursday December 12, 2013, 1:09 pm
Emails sent to them all.

June M. (127)
Thursday December 12, 2013, 1:45 pm
noted..thanks for posting Sara

Krish Away (43)
Thursday December 12, 2013, 8:02 pm

Lynn Juozilaitis (141)
Thursday December 12, 2013, 8:33 pm
This is just so sad! Will be sending all emails out ASAP! Terrible!
Thanks AniMae for the forward and thanks Sara!

Constance F. (429)
Thursday December 12, 2013, 9:06 pm
sent previously through fb ~ thank you for posting, to AniMaeChi for sending out.

Charmaine Shannon (36)
Thursday December 12, 2013, 10:01 pm
Noted, Shared and working on the E-Mails !! Thank-You for your care and concern for I agree that these animals are NOT FOR MONEY MAKING SCHEMES and to be ABUSED< NEGLECTED and Made to Parade for "GREEDY PROFIT !!!!

Thank-You AniMae for the FWD....

William Barratt (49)
Friday December 13, 2013, 12:53 am
Thank you for sharing.

sharon wardle (102)
Friday December 13, 2013, 2:13 am
Noted, shared & sent emails. Thanks

Terrie Williams (789)
Friday December 13, 2013, 3:30 am
All emails sent, noted. Thanks!

Ed V. (198)
Friday December 13, 2013, 4:49 am

John Holton (354)
Friday December 13, 2013, 4:57 am
S and N

Birgit W. (155)
Friday December 13, 2013, 5:42 am
Thanks for sharing.

Krish Away (43)
Friday December 13, 2013, 7:57 am

From: Gene McKelvey Date: 12/13/2013 9:00:21 PM
To: 'Krish S'

Our Circus Production Company hires the act. They are Hanneford Circus out of Sarasota, Fl.

Any help?

Angelika R. (145)
Friday December 13, 2013, 8:00 am
all emails sent, thx!

Angelika R. (145)
Friday December 13, 2013, 8:09 am is where you need to email!

Angelika R. (145)
Friday December 13, 2013, 8:12 am (=dead link, I only wanted it highlighted to stick out)

Krish Away (43)
Friday December 13, 2013, 8:13 am
Thx Angelika

Sherri AWAY Martin (100)
Friday December 13, 2013, 10:03 am
Noted, Emails Sent and Shared to Facebook

Carrie B. (313)
Friday December 13, 2013, 3:23 pm
This is so wrong!

Penelope Ryan (178)
Saturday December 14, 2013, 8:27 am
Makes me cry to think of all te pain and suffering we do to animals.

Ruth M. (252)
Saturday December 14, 2013, 1:30 pm
Will do once I get my computer thanks AniMae

Shelli S. (372)
Saturday December 14, 2013, 5:04 pm
Round up all this scum & push them off a cliff..Done with all these sick sadistic animal abusers..Nothing but cowards!

Past Member (0)
Sunday December 15, 2013, 5:06 am
Noted and action taken. Thank you AniMae for forwarding and Sara for sharing.

Lauren S. (26)
Sunday December 15, 2013, 9:00 am
Done :)

Maria Mohoric (46)
Sunday December 15, 2013, 9:06 am
noted, tks

sylvie C (46)
Sunday December 15, 2013, 3:27 pm
Noted, thanks

Veselin Varbanov (23)
Tuesday December 31, 2013, 3:53 am
Noted ,Thanks

Yvonne F. (177)
Tuesday April 8, 2014, 8:05 am
Action already taken!!! Thanks Sara for this great post
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