Together We Can Free Ben the Bear From CaptivityPosted by Stephen Wells, ALDF's Executive Director on July 25th, 2012
July 25, 2012
After years of living in a small, barren enclosure with a dirty concrete floor, Ben the bear bites at the chain link fence, an outward sign of the deep emotional despair he suffers in confinement. Like many of the other captive animals at Jambbas Ranch in North Carolina, Ben doesn’t get to express his natural behaviors the same way he would in the wild. Ben can’t run, swim, climb, or interact with members of his own species.
He paces in his cage. He is forced to drink from the same rusty trough in which he bathes. His diet consists of dog kibble, plus the occasional piece of bread thrown on the floor by attendees. He isn’t even given basic bedding to provide him a small amount of comfort. His life is a dismal substitute for the life of a bear living wild and free in nature. You can help us free Ben from these substandard conditions.
Since October 2006, the USDA has cited Jambbas Ranch over 30 times for violations of the Animal Welfare Act (AWA). Violations include unsanitary conditions, hazardous enclosures, failure to provide adequate veterinary care, and failure to supply sufficient quantities of food and potable water. Despite Jambbas Ranch’s repeated violations of basic animal welfare standards, the USDA has continued to renew its AWA license. ALDF is aggressively pursuing a revocation of Jambbas Ranch’s exhibitor license because without it, it can’t lawfully keep Ben in captivity. If we are successful, Jambbas Ranch could be compelled to surrender Ben—and many of the other captive animals—to a humane animal sanctuary where they will be able to live out their lives in comfort and dignity.
Freeing Ben and the other captive animals from the neglectful conditions they suffer at Jambbas Ranch won’t be easy. Despite many obstacles, the ALDF is committed to seeing these animals freed from captivity, and we won’t stop until we are victorious. But we can’t do it without your help.
Please help us reach our fundraising goal of $250,000 during our 2012 Annual Fund Drive. With your help, we can free Ben from captivity.