Target: Director of Kollnischer Park in Berlin, Germany
Goal: Significantly enhance the living conditions for bear held captive in city park.
Berlin, Germany’s mascot is a bear, so the people and government of the city feel very attached to bears. In fact, they regard bears so highly that the city has held a bear captive in a city park for decades. However, the enclosure that the bear, and sometimes bears, live in is inadequate, exposed and overall very depressing for the animals. The bear that currently resides here is in poor health and may pass soon. Before Berlin considers acquiring another bear, it must change the conditions that the animal will be forced to live in.
Ideally, Berlin will stop keeping bears captive altogether. However, this sentiment is not shared by those in charge of the park and bears, so we will need to start with small steps to see a change here. The current bear, a 34-year-old brown bear named Schnute, lost her daughter and only companion two years ago. She is kept in an 8 1/2 by 11 square meter enclosure for 14 hours a day; the remaining hours are spent in a tiny concrete room with play-things to push around. Schnute is visibly apathetic and extremely lethargic.
If Berlin insists on replacing Schnute with another bear, changes must be made to the enclosure. Much more living space must be arranged and mental stimulation for the bear should be the main focus. Urge the director of the park to change the bear enclosure’s condition from deplorable to ideal. Sign this petition to give Berlin’s future live mascots a better life.
Dear Kollnischer Director,
Schnute the bear is in poor health and may not live much longer. Her current enclosure is too small and mental stimulation almost non-existent. This living arrangement must change if you wish to replace Schnute when the time comes.
Ideally, Berlin would no longer hold a bear captive in a city park. However, the pride that the bear brings to Berlin will likely forever trump the reasons behind not keeping an apex predator captive. So, it is with great urgency that I request a drastic change in the current bear enclosure.
Please enlarge the enclosure substantially, and do so with the bear’s mental stimulation in mind. Currently there is not enough mental stimulation for Schnute to stay healthy. There is no reason for the bear to live its life in despair. The bear deserves to live in an enriching enclosure that closely resembles its native habitat.
[Your Name Here]
Photo credit: S. Taheri via Wikipedia