Animal advocates are fully aware that each and every animal is an individual with a distinct personality and particular requirements to successfully thrive. Animals, wild or domestic, are not ours for use as entertainment to turn a profit, yet too many people exploit animals as such, including Oswald’s Bear Ranch, a roadside zoo in Newberry, Michigan.
Oswald’s Bear Ranch allows people to take photos with bears for a fee, but this is not a natural activity for bears, so handlers use force to make them submit to orders. The People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) is urging the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to investigate Oswald’s Bear Ranch, which was already cited for using physical abuse to handle an animal in 2010 when a USDA inspector witnessed a handler at the zoo violently striking a bear cub twice during a photo op.
Additionally, three bear cub sisters, named Sassy, Sophie, and Ashley, are living in extreme psychological distress in a concrete cage with no access to the natural elements. Video footage captured by PETA shows these beautiful bears exhibiting symptoms of severe zoochosis, including compulsively pacing back and forth and in circles in their cramped enclosure, chewing on the cage, and making desperate attempts to escape their prison. You can view the footage of this here.
Although the serious issue of animals used for entertainment has made its way to a widespread public spotlight, particularly with Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey circuses shutting down earlier this year, other circuses and roadside zoos are still plentiful.
Without government intervention, the only way these corrupt businesses will be shut down and the animals sent to sanctuaries is if people stop visiting and supporting them, so PLEASE share this with your network as a reminder why people should never visit roadside zoos or attractions that allow direct contact or photos with animals!
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