Stop Exploiting Bear Cubs for Photos

Target: Dean Oswald, Owner of Oswald’s Bear Ranch

Goal: Stop forcing bear cubs to interact with humans.

Oswald’s Bear Ranch, a roadside zoo in Michigan, has been using bear cubs for photo ops with the public and even lets people handle the cubs. Forcing these young bears to interact with humans could cause serious psychological problems in the future.

Recent video footage shows cubs exhibiting signs of stress by pacing and crying out. The cubs have also been excessively chewing on their cages which is another sign of distress. In addition, the video shows the bears living on concrete floors which can lead to severe arthritis later in life. In the wild, bear cubs spend their time exploring and playing with one another and their mother.

Sign this petition to demand Oswald’s Bear Ranch stop forcing bear cubs to interact with humans. It is cruel and unnecessary to continue putting these animals through this constant stress.


Dear Mr. Oswald,

It has recently come to my attention that you have been allowing the public to not only take pictures with bear cubs at your facility, but also handle them. Forcing cubs to interact with strange humans is not only incredibly stressful for these animals, but can also lead to long term psychological problems.

Allegedly, these bears have been showing many signs of stress, including excessive chewing on their cages, crying out, and pacing. Considering they live in concrete cages and are constantly being surrounded by humans, it is not surprising they are so stressed out.

Please consider moving these bears to one of your more natural habitats where they will not be constantly surrounded by humans. These cubs deserve to grow and learn in a stress free environment with their mothers.


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Photo Credit: alexsutcliffe

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  1. As people are learning about all the types of animal abuse, including photo ops. The less people are participating in it (veganism and etc…). You should do the same and end this.

  2. These roadside zoos exploiting young animals- or any animals are an insult to intelligence. Who, with a modicum of humanity or mind would accept that these wandering users know- or care, anything of the welfare of these unfortunate creatures? Their only interest is the money they make from their suffering. Unfortunately some mindless individuals don’t or can’t identify with the misery they are enjoying. Get these animals into a sanctuary with people who know how to care for them- they should never have been taken into captivity in the first place.

  3. Kelly Swanson says:

    I was just at this place a year ago. They take in injured adults and abandoned (orphaned) cubs. One of the ways they raise money is by doing a $10 polaroid photo with a cub. You are not allowed to touch, coddle, or hold them. They eat jam off a wooden spoon while you stand next to them and you take a photo. They don’t even know you are there. I hardly find this abusive, and I’m a huge animal rights supporter.

  4. Please show your compassion and intelligence!

  5. Gen Lovyet Agustsson says:

    stop it! why acceptable to take a photo of an animal?

  6. Lisa Zarafonetis says:

    Signed & shared❗️😠

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