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Lawsuit Against N.C. Roadside Zoo Means Bear Who Languished for Years on Cement in Chain-Link Kennel Will Have New Life at PAWS' ARK 2000
For Immediate Release:August 27, 2012
Contact:David Perle 202-483-7382
San Andreas, Calif. -- A bear named Ben—who had been confined
to a barren concrete cage at Jambbas Ranch Tours, a roadside zoo based in
Fayetteville, N.C., for six years—is now foraging, bathing, and relaxing under
the trees at his new permanent home at the Performing Animal Welfare Society's
(PAWS) ARK 2000 sanctuary in California. A North Carolina district judge's
order gave permanent custody to PAWS in a lawsuit brought by concerned North
Carolina citizens represented by PETA, the Animal Legal Defense Fund, and local
counsel, who argued that Ben had been kept in solitary confinement in a
chain-link kennel—illegal conditions that denied Ben everything that is natural
and important to bears. The judge's order notes that forcing Ben to live in
this cage was "the functional equivalent to forcing a human to live in a
small closet" and that Jambbas caused Ben "unjustifiable physical and
Ben was flown to San Andreas via a FedEx climate-controlled
plane on August 9 after the judge issued a preliminary order. He is thriving at
ARK 2000 in a vast natural habitat—which was paid for by TV legend and former The
Price Is Right host Bob Barker and is measured in acres, not
feet—where he bathes in his own pool, rubs his back on trees, and sleeps
soundly in his large straw nest under oak trees.
"PAWS is giving Ben the chance to be a bear again, with
plenty of space for him to roam, play, and forage," says General Counsel
to PETA Jeffrey S. Kerr. "Despite years of neglect and abuse, Ben has
already started to thrive in his new home—proof of the good that sanctuaries
such as ARK 2000 can accomplish."
ALDF Executive Director Stephen Wells says, "Ben's
treatment was cruel and illegal under North Carolina law, and the court stopped
it, plain and simple. We couldn't be happier to see Ben retiring to
California." Adds local counsel Gavin Parsons, "We're very pleased
with the court's order and wish Ben well in his new home."
For more information, please visit PETA.org or ALDF.org.
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