By Alan Berger
The writers seemed determined to focus on PETA's and Barker's arguably poor choice of words and neglected to mention that Cherokee officials have consistently ignored complaints from tourists and others about the exhibits. If the writers had done their homework, they would've discovered that before going public, PETA representatives tried to work privately with Cherokee officials but were snubbed.
None of these articles has included pictures of the Cherokee bears' living conditions. But here's a slide show on Bob Barker and the bears:
You can judge for yourself how inhumane the conditions are, but I'd say they could be better, could be worse.
For more on the subject, see Hicks: Cherokee Bears Are Fine and Parachuting into "Barbaric" Cherokee Land.