Demand North Carolina Bear Park Be Shut Down

Target: Secretary of the United States Department of Agriculture

Goal: Shut down Chief Saunooke’s Bear Park for its abuses against animals

Chief Saunooke’s Bear Park, located on the Cherokee Indian Reservation in North Carolina, has been charged with being in violation of the Animal Welfare Act.  According to the United States Department of Agriculture, this bear-exclusive zoo has been cited with dozens of violations of the Animal Welfare Act, including a failure to maintain an appropriate barrier between the bears and park visitors, which has resulted in multiple injuries to several persons.

The Bear Park is not only guilty of causing harm to its guests but also to the animals whose care they are directly responsible for.  The park has been cited multiple times with not providing adequate, nutritional food for the animals and also failing to maintain a clean, sanitary enclosure for the bears.  This bear zoo has long been a target of activist groups such as PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) and has been well known as an offender against animal rights.

Chief Saunooke’s Bear Park, and all other zoos that fail to keep a safe and hospitable environment for not only the guests but the animals as well, must be shut down.  The USDA is already starting its investigation, but your voice is needed to encourage them to see it through and shut down this park once and for all.  Please sign the below petition and help improve the quality of life for these innocent creatures.


Dear Tom Vilsack, United States Department of Agriculture Secretary:

The treatment these animals endure by those who are suppose to care and nurture them is morally reprehensible.  All creatures deserve access to nutritious food and a safe home, and these bears are no exception.

Please follow through with your investigation and do everything you can to make sure that Chief Saunooke’s Bear Park, and all other zoos who fail to properly care for their animals, are shut down, and the bears who can go back to the wild do so, and the ones who must remain in captivity be relocated to a sanctuary that ensures that their needs are seen to.


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