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India's Last Dancing Bear Saved

Animals  (tags: india dancing bears, bears, sanctuary, saved, rescued, safe )

- 3044 days ago -
The bear and its owner, an impoverished Kalandar nomad, were discovered in southern India, and persuaded to travel to a sanctuary where the bear will be treated for facial and dental injuries and the owner retrained as a wildlife park keeper.

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Jason Green (235)
Saturday December 19, 2009, 12:25 am
heart warming story, thank you Simone!!!

Naresh Kadyan (1180)
Saturday December 19, 2009, 6:51 am
All Wild animals including Sloth bear is a Government property as per section 39 of the Wild Life Protection Act, 1972 and bear cub snatched by the Kalandars after killing mother bear only to train and perform as per past practice here in India. Delhi High Court issued directions and to comply with these orders, the Govt. of India notified a ban of five Wild animals species including sloth bear, not to keep, train or perform with this animals. Founder Chairman of the People for Animals Haryana Naresh Kadyan introduced a rehabilitation scheme for Kalandars along with the dancing bears during 1999-2000. As per media reports as many as 600 performing bears were rescued by the Wild Life Authorities and handed over to Wildlife sos and Wildlife Trust of India for further treatment, care and shelter, but no legal actions against all 600 offenders have been taken so far by the enforcement agencies. Some performing bears are left India for Nepal as per past practice only due to negligence of concerned officials.
The International Organisation for Animal Protection - OIPA in India wants to know the reasons behind, for not taking legal actions against all offenders till now.

Past Member (0)
Saturday December 19, 2009, 1:24 pm
What a blessing for the bears...a new lease on life! Thanks Simone!

Chris B (4)
Saturday December 19, 2009, 3:09 pm
Great story, but how can we know it was the last one?

Charlene B (29)
Saturday December 19, 2009, 7:37 pm
It's incredibly wonderful. I hope the same can someday be said for the Chinese Moon Bears, I would like to read someday that they've all been saved too.


Michelle Bafik-Vehslage (12)
Saturday December 19, 2009, 9:24 pm
Atlast some peace for the bear. Thank you for this story.

Uno D (666)
Saturday December 19, 2009, 11:09 pm

Sheila G (267)
Sunday December 20, 2009, 9:17 am
this just feels good. :)
hopefully Chris, it is the last. of course we don't know if there are behind the scenes criminals still abusing this way, but at least it's not acceptable. imagine, here in the US, how much more dog fighting we would have were it accepted and legal! we know it is happening, and not enough is done to those criminals, but at least they have to hide their crimes, their sins.
it seems the people have had their eyes open to the pain of these poor animals, they have many of them been driven insane from this horrible torture. they get to rest with God one day, can't say that their abusers deserve that privilege.
ty Simone

Frankie K (1)
Sunday December 20, 2009, 10:22 am
Chris, the press release has a note saying that it is possible since India is so large, that there may be up to 30 dancing bears that they don't know about. However, they have informants all of India keeping their eyes open and if they find any more they will be rescued too. This is really big because they finally reached a point where they have no reports of any anywhere.
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