Close Cruel Bear Pit Attraction


Target: Governor of Tennessee Bill Haslam

Goal: Save five bears from a gift shop’s cruel concrete viewing pit

Three Bears General Store in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee is a gift shop that includes an open bear pit with five bears that are forced to live in deplorable conditions. The barren, concrete pit consists of some fake, large rock props, a few logs, and a wading pool for the bears to bathe and drink water from. Additionally, there are few plants or trees to shade them from the hot sun. The pit lacks mental stimulation for the bears to occupy their intelligent minds and they have little to do all day other than beg for food from visitors, which can be purchased in small servings at the gift shop for $1.25.

The bears in this tiny enclosure have been described as lethargic, malnourished, and depressed as tourists flock to the pit to throw bits of stale bread, dog biscuits, grapes, and apple slices at them. With nothing to do in the pit, the bears quickly grow bored and frustrated, pacing around in circles and rocking back and forth—a clear sign of psychological stress. They also resort to biting on the pits’ metal bars, damaging their teeth and leading to other injuries that the owners of the bear pit do not bother to treat.

Please sign this petition to urge Governor Bill Haslam to shut down Three Bears General Store’s bear pit attraction and relocate the animals to a sanctuary where they will be free to roam, exercise, and eat freely.


Dear Governor Haslam,

Roadside attractions that feature caged, wild animals in poor conditions should be closed immediately. It is wrong and cruel to trap wild animals in cramped environments for profit. The five bears in captivity at Three Bears General Store in Pigeon Forge belong in their natural habitat, not in barren concrete pits. These innocent animals deserve to be transferred to a wildlife sanctuary where they can live peacefully and not be subjected to being fed on measly “bear food” from a gift shop.

Please shut down this inhumane bear pit and stop the owners from reopening the pit in the future. A gift shop and ice cream parlor has no business housing wild bears, and these animals should not be forced to suffer in captivity.


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  1. why is the public still going for this horrible so called entertainment don`t they learn anything?when will they wise-up i`l ask?


  3. Anne-Mari Gavin says:

    I am the Voice of the Voiceless
    Through me the dumb shall speak
    Till the world’s deaf ear be made to hear
    The wrongs of the wordless weak.
    Oh shame on the mothers of mortals
    Who do not stoop to teach
    The sorrow that lies in dear dumb eyes
    The sorrow that has no speech.
    From street, from cage, from kennel
    From stable and from zoo
    The wall of my tortured kin proclaims the sin
    Of the mighty against the frail.
    But I am my brother’s keeper …
    A good example of God’s displeasure at cruelty to animals is found in Proverbs 12:10: “The godly are concerned for the welfare of their animals, but even the kindness of the wicked is cruel.” God calls cruelty to animals wicked. Finally, God rebuked Balaam for beating his donkey, when that donkey was trying to save his life.
    “Why did you beat your donkey those three times?” the angel of the Lord demanded. “Look, I have come to block your way because you are stubbornly resisting me. Three times the donkey saw me and shied away; otherwise, I would certainly have killed you by now and spared the donkey” (Numbers 22:32-33).

    Job 12:7,8,9 But ask now the beasts, and they shall teach thee; and the fowls of the air, and they shall tell thee:
    12:8 Or speak to the earth, and it shall teach thee: and the fishes of the sea shall declare unto thee.
    12:9 Who knoweth not in all these that the hand of the LORD hath wrought this?
    Thanks to those who care for God’s creatures. Be Blessed.

  4. Leslie Stanick says:

    Treating bears this way, or any animal, is cruel and insanely ignorant of the needs, feelings and preciousness of non-humans. We wouldn’t put people in a pit for entertainment in today’s society, bears are no different. Shut this barbarian hell hole down.

  5. throw the idoits doing this in the pit and LET THEM STARVE TO DEATH…sick bastards deserve NOTHING LESS

  6. Emily March says:

    Disgraceful and very cruel. – Poor bears!

  7. Veronica Hawkings says:

    Stop animal cruelty in USA

  8. Lynn Juozilaitis says:

    This is inhumane and just plain torture for these poor bears. What is the problem Gov. Haslam? You should do the right thing and shut this “attraction”and other like it down and fine the people for running them! This is terrible!

  9. Despina M. Andrelus says:

    “A righteous man regards the life of animals” – PROVERBS 12:10; “If you have men who will exclude any of God’s creatures from the shelter of compassion & pity, you will have men who will deal likewise with their fellow men” – ST. FRANCIS OF ASSISI; “Never, never be afraid to do what’s right, especially if the well-being of a person or animal is at stake. Society’s punishments are small compared to the wounds we inflict on our soul when we look the other way.” – MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR.; “I hope to make people realize how totally helpless animals are, how dependent on us, trusting as a child must that we will be kind and take care of their needs…(They) are an obligation put on us, a responsibility we have no rights to neglect, nor to violate by cruelty….” – JAMES HARRIOT; “The greatness of a nation & its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated” – MAHATMA GANDHI

  10. Alice Ahern says:

    Where is animal control? This is an outrage and shows
    greatly hardened, callous hearts.

  11. Heather B. says:


  12. Lady Judith Weaver says:

    Are the people in Tennessee crazy or mentally defective? Operating a situation like this is a sign of mental illness. Where are the government officials of the city, county,and state? Shut this horrible, inhumane operation down immediately.

  13. Susan Duncan says:

    Surely the good people of Tennessee do not want animals in their state to suffer. Keeping bears in such squalid conditions with no proper species-specific nutrition or natural stimulation is simply heinous animal abuse. There must be anti-cruelty laws in Tennessee to protect animals. There is no greater example of cruelty to which they should be applied.

  14. Claire Voutsinas says:

    China ,India ,but not in America,what is happening ,why has it gone on for so long.Who are the people that enjoy gawking at these poor unfortunate Animas.Unbelievable .

  15. jill fackenthal says:

    Is this 2014? STOP treating innocent soles this way people. NOW

  16. la connerie humaine ne cesse d’augmenter pour faire de la recette au détriment des animaux maltraités il faut faire fermer cet etablissement par la force et punir trés séverement les coupables.

  17. anita b smith says:

    Barbaric and cruel!!!! These bears commited no crime!!!! Criminals behind bars get better treatment than these bears!!!! If and once they r removed from the prison they have endured, will have to be rehabilitated in order for them to pick up their social skills!!?! They probably wouldn’t be normal acting bears!!!! They have suffered mentally!!!!! Man was given dominion over the animals and left in our hands to care for them. This certainly is not the case!! The owner of these bears need to be charged with animal cruelty!!!

  18. Poeple like that are nothing less than selfish they don’t care about the feelings of these beloved beings they just care about the entertainment andmoney they can make.
    I’ve heard they have bear farms in China where they keep bears in small cages they put pipes into their stomach to get something out that they use for traditional medicine,then they wait till this thing in their stomach grows again then they put the pipes in again.
    There must be something mentally wrong with anyone that can do anything to another living being that stops them from living a free happy live.
    I think poeple like us who cares should try to say the word compassion over and over in our in our minds so that we can bring more energy of compassion and love to planet earth!!!
    May all the beloved animals be blessed!!!

  19. Very sick people

  20. If we are going to shut this d9wn then why are we not shutting down all animal attractions such as zoos? A zoo is the same thing where people flock to see animals placed in cramped environments so until we start shutting down zoos this argument has no logic.

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