LGVN Animals - Dancing Bears
Bear Dancing ... The animals who are literally 'dying' to entertain
practice of bears tortured and forced to dance for the public is
hoped to be stamped out within ten years, say a wildlife rescue
organization in India.
sloth bear has been used as a traditional performance act by people
called Kalanders, who once entertained at royal palaces hundreds
of years ago. Although now banned by a wildlife protection act,
around 800 bears are still being used by street entertainers across
bears are bought from illegal poachers and then subjected to a life
of cruelty. Rods are driven through their muzzles which never heal,
and the bears are disciplined to perform for the rest of their short
lives. Most die young of disease and infections and many become
blind from malnutrition.
SOS in India have been running their bear rescue and rehabilitation
programme since 2000 and so far rescued more than 170 from a life
of misery and premature death. The organization also rescue over
3000 birds and mammals each year.
spokesperson for Wildlife SOS says "We believe that we can
have the last bear off the streets in India in 5-10 years if we
can continue the momentum".
Wildlife SOS, with the support of Looking-Glass, are calling for
extra help from the public to achieve their target.
To find out more visit the Looking-Glass
Wildlife SOS Information page which gives you all
the information you need to directly help Wildlife SOS India.
This is Wasatch Bear before being rescued by Wildlife SOS
in September 2005 - Now doing fine.
Anu Bear, healthy and happy in the Wildlife SOS Rehabilitation
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