Free Ricky the Bear from Brutal Imprisonment

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Target: Honorable Stephen P. Linebaugh, President Judge York County Court of Common Pleas

Goal: Demand the release of mistreated bear

At a small ice cream shop in Pennsylvania, a bear has been kept in a cage as a public attraction for over 18 years. The bear, named Ricky, was captured as a cub and placed in a cage to gain publicity and notoriety by James McDaniel, the owner of the ice cream shop. This is absolutely unacceptable. Animals are not play things, they are not spectacles, and they are not meant to live in cages. They are living beings and everything possible must be done to obtain this poor creature’s freedom.

Ricky has lived her entire life inside of a cage that only allows her to take two or three steps in either direction. She spends most of her time pacing back and forth. Many people mistake this for a sign of boredom, but in many caged animals, pacing shows anxiety and fear. This poor bear has suffered unknowable cruelty for nearly 20 years just so that one business could pull in a few extra customers.

Multiple complaints have been made to the Humane Society about McDaniels’ treatment of Ricky over the years, but action is finally being taken. The Animal Legal Defense Fund has just filed a lawsuit that is attempting to free Ricky and transfer her to a certified animal welfare refuge. Please sign below to show your support of this action to the judges of the York Country Court of Common Pleas. It is long past time to show people that animals cannot be used for monetary benefit.


Dear Honorable Stephen P. Linebaugh,

I am writing to you today on behalf of one without the faculties to do so: a bear named Ricky. Ricky has been held in the same cage for over 18 years and is not allowed to roam freely. She spends most of her day pacing back and forth in a concrete cage that only allows her to take two or three steps in either direction. For what purpose you ask? Money. Ricky is being tortured so that one ice cream shop can make a few extra dollars. This is absolutely unacceptable, and I urge you to rule in favor of the Animal Legal Defense Fund in an upcoming hearing for Ricky’s release.

Animals are living creatures. They are not toys, they are not attractions, and they are not meant to live their lives in cages. This bear’s rights as a sentient creature must be respected. The ALDF will grant Ricky that respect by sending her to a wildlife refuge where she can be properly taken care of. For all of these reasons, I beg you to free this bear from any more torment.


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  1. Leola Knudsen says:

    This makes no sense to any logically thinking human being. It must be against the law to take an animal out of the wild and use it for such a purpose. Do something NOW!!

  2. “We can judge the heart of man by his treatment of animals.” ~ Immanuel Kant * * * * *
    “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.” ~ Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

  3. Why did it take so long to help this bear? What kund of world are we living in? My heart breaks.

  4. ingrid ruiz-meijer says:

    This bear is born to live free
    This is so abusive. People whi are doing this belong in prison. RESPECT ALL ANIMALS LET HIM FREE TODAY

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