July 29, 2010

PETA billboards:  "Avoid Cruel Bear Pits"

PETA billboards target Cherokee zoosAn animal rights group plans to put up four billboard signs in Western North Carolina telling tourists to avoid bear parks here.

The four billboards, erected by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, feature a cartoon image of a crying bear and read, “Warning: Tourist Trap. Avoid Cruel Bear Pits.”

PETA last summer asked the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians to close the bear zoos on the reservations because of what the group called inhumane conditions. Some of the Cherokee zoos keep the bears in concrete pits.

A federal inspector in May 2009 noted three problems at the Chief Saunooke's Bear Park, but those had been corrected by July, a tribe official has said. Game show icon Bob Barker traveled to Cherokee last summer to help PETA.
Comment:  On the one hand, I'm not sure this is the most effective use of PETA's time and energy. On the other hand, I'm glad PETA didn't drop the protest after Bob Barker went home. Debating these issues is good for prople.

For more on the subject, see Bear Pits = Boarding Schools and Why PETA Brought in Barker.

1 comment:

Rob said...


Bites renew calls to close Cherokee bear zoo

Visitors to a bear zoo on the Cherokee Indian Reservation--including a 9-year-old girl--were bitten by a caged cub on two occasions last month, renewing calls from animal-rights advocates to close the business.