When you think of the animals who are usually harmed by the entertainment industry, you probably picture tigers, elephants, and monkeys. But what you might not know is that many other animals species like bears also suffer in circuses, roadside zoos, and photo shoots.
Cholita the Andean Spectacled Bear is a surviving victim of the circus industry. This bear spent over a decade living in a small, defunct circus in Peru. Her previous handlers smashed in her teeth and removed her claws so she couldn’t defend herself from their attacks. After years of neglect, abuse, and stress she eventually lost all of her hair. This bear spent over a deecade living in a small zoo in a remote part of Peru while her caretakers attempted to make arrangements to have her transferred to a permanent home. When they couldn’t find a home, Animal Defenders International intervened and built a lush natural habitat for her at the Taricaya Ecological Reserve in Peru, where she was relocated and now lives her life in peace.
Now that she is safe and sound in the care of Animal Defenders International, here is what Cholita thinks about her time in captivity.
We have to say that we share the same sentiments! We have to say that we share the same sentiments! Animal Defenders International relocated Cholita to the Taricaya Ecological Reserve, situated on the edge of the Tambopata reserve in the Amazon Cloud Forest – the natural habitat for Spectacled bears. She loves to explore her lush, natural habitat, and now has new neighbours, bears Lucho and Sabina who were also rescued by ADI. Her life as a circus bear may have been devastating, but now she’s getting to live the life she deserves!
Animals may not be the same as us, but that doesn’t mean they deserve to be treated as if they have any less value. No one deserves to have their body abused and their free will taken away for another’s amusement. If you agree that circuses should never use animals, there are a few things you can do. First, refuse to attend circuses. Second, share this article and help raise awareness for the animals who are exploited for entertainment.
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