Cancel Cruel Bear Show With History of Animal Abuse and Safety Violations

Target: Mike Huether, Mayor of Sioux Falls, South Dakota

Goal: Cancel plans with The Great Bear Show.

The Great Bear Show claims to be an educational show, however the company has a suspicious past of citations for abuse and neglect of its animals. Despite its reputation, Sioux Falls Arena plans on hosting The Great Bear Show.

The show is run by Bob Steele who has a long list of violations against the Animal Welfare Act and has been cited by the USDA multiple times. He has reportedly put his bears and audiences in danger by not keeping ample barriers between the two and by not controlling his bears properly. He carts around an arthritic bear and keeps him in concrete enclosures that apparently only make his pain worse. Mr. Steele has also been cited multiple times for not providing adequate veterinary care. One bear was seen with bald patches and was scratching excessively, and Mr. Steele seemed to ignored the problem.

Sign this petition and demand that the venue cancel its plans with The Great Bear Show. No animal should suffer for human entertainment.


Dear Mr. Huether,

The Sioux Falls Arena plans on hosting The Great Bear Show that claims to be educational but allegedly severely neglects and exploits its animals.

The show is run by Bob Steele who has been cited by the USDA multiple times and has a long list of Animal Welfare Act violations. He has been cited for denying veterinary care when the bears needed it most and for not providing adequate barriers between the audience and his animals. One of his bears was seen with bald patches and was scratching excessively at his skin, and Mr. Steele allegedly did not bother with a vet visit. In addition, one arthritic bear is carted around with the show and is often left in concrete enclosures. The hard concrete presumably only makes his pain worse.

Please consider canceling your plans with The Great Bear Show. If this was truly an educational show, then Mr. Steele would know that these bears belong in the wild or sanctuaries, not in cages and crowded arenas.


[Your Name Here]

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  1. For one thing, I wonder why The Great Bear Show has not been completely shut down by now, because of all their animal abuses.
    Anyone who hosts this bear show, which is supposedly educational, is condoning and promoting animal cruelty.
    The poor cruelly abused bears need to be rescued and sent to good sanctuaries.
    If they want something educational, they can spend time educating people about the horrible truth about this show.


  3. DON’T do this! What is remotely educational in watching an old, arthritic bear being forced to do things which are quite foreign to its natural behaviour? What is that going to teach the adults of tomorrow? For pity’s sake rethink this bad idea and reject it!

  4. sick evil fxcks, leave these poor poor beautiful creatures alone, no animals should be doing things like this for any human, it is so vile.

  5. sick evil fxcks, leave these poor poor beautiful creatures alone, no animals should be doing things like this for any human, it is so vile.

  6. Anne Moeller says:

    These innocent bears MUST be moved to a RELIABLE sanctuary and then put these abusers in the concrete pits and let them rot in hell!

  7. What century do we live in? How can educated society accept such abuse?
    An end to man’kind’ s abuse and greed…respect, love, humanity

  8. Stop & pursue this criminal rabble and this deformity  –  instantly!

    It’s time hold all those responsible for authorizing and overseeing the implementation of torture against fellow EARTH inhabitants & creatures accountable. A special prosecutor is the most comprehensive way to do that.  


  9. what the hell is wrong with the US to allow such cruelty take this bear and put him in a sanctuary where he’ll be treated kindly and looked after and hang the creep that runs this so called entertainment take all animals away from him and make sure he never has any more

  10. Lynn Pascente says:

    I hope this poor bear is taken away from this idiot but not before he rips his frickin face off! Sorry but that’s how I feel! UGH! I hate this!

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