Target: Tom Vilsack, USDA Secretary
Goal: Ban concrete bear pits, which are known to cause harm to the physical and psychological health of animals.
Throughout the U.S., countless bears are currently stuck in concrete pits for human entertainment at zoos. Bear experts and veterinarians have stated how detrimental bear pits are for the mental and physical health of bears.
Living on concrete can cause arthritis, painful sores and other injuries. In addition, bear pits can cause a condition called zoochosis, which causes the bears to pace and walk in circles due to boredom and lack of physical and mental stimulation.
Being held in a zoo is already detrimental to animals’ health, but bear pits make life even more unbearable. Bears are unable to see beyond their four walls or dig and play in the dirt and trees. Sign this petition to demand the USDA ban bear pits throughout the United States.
Dear Mr. Vilsack,
In zoos across the nation, countless bears are stuck in concrete pits for people to look down upon and gawk at. Bear experts and veterinarians agree that bear pits are extremely detrimental to bears’ physical and mental health.
Bear pits can cause zoochosis, which causes bears to pace and walk in circles due to extreme boredom and lack of stimulation. Also, bear pits are covered in concrete which can cause arthritis, pressure sores and other injuries.
These pits deny bears everything that is natural. They cannot gaze out among the horizon, dig in the dirt or run through the trees. It is already detrimental to have this intelligent and curious animal in a zoo, but these pits make it even worse. Please consider banning bear pits throughout the United Statesin order to improve quality of life for these animals.
[Your Name Here]
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