Retire Distressed Polar Bears at Oregon Zoo

Target: Kim Smith, Director of Oregon Zoo

Goal: Improve living conditions for distressed polar bears at the Oregon Zoo.

Many animal lovers who grow up near the Oregon Zoo, one of the largest zoos in the United States, have had the misfortune to observe the poor habitat in which polar bears at the zoo are forced to live. Not only is the enclosure much too small for the bears, it also fails to include a sufficient water feature, barely giving the bears enough room to swim and bathe. Many Oregonians are delighted to watch the polar bears “dance,” however the rock-step that they perform for the masses is not a dance, but rather a sign of severe stress and depression. Rather than cheer for the misery of the bears, it is time to take action, and see them retired, or moved to a sufficient habitat.

Sign the petition below to ask that the polar bears at the Oregon Zoo be given a better habitat and a chance at happier lives.


Dear Mrs. Smith,

The Polar Bears at your Oregon Zoo, have demonstrated clear signs of distress, as evidenced by the head bobbing “dance” they’re known to perform, and emphasized by the pitifully small habitat and water feature available to the animals. It is very difficult, as a patron of the zoo, to witness the hardships of the polar bears, and it is imperative that you improve the habitat, or retire the animals.

It is admirable to see the Oregon Zoo overseeing the twin bears through their recent 31st birthday, and it warms my heart to see them live such a long life, however a long life in a small enclosure could be more of a curse than a blessing. Increase the size of the enclosure, and add a bigger, deeper pool, and it will be a delight to see the bears live many more years in a much more comfortable environment.

While I understand that it is expensive to make improvements to the zoo, I assure you it will be worth it. In a world constantly realizing the importance of animal rights and welfare, more and more customers are going to find the treatment of the polar bears off putting. Portland, specifically, is growing more eco-friendly every day, and in order to keep the respect of your most loyal customers you will have to adapt, and demonstrate better treatment of the animals.  After rebuilding the polar bear habitat you will be able to not only hang on to your existing customer base, but also expand, by advertising the improvements being made.

As an animal lover, and a lover of the zoo, I urge you to begin plans for the reconstruction of the Polar Bear’s habitat immediately. Doing so will not only improve the demeanor of the bears, but will also assist in bringing in new customers, and maintaining your current customer base.


[Your Name Here]

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