05 Aug '11, 11am

Good news for #bears! Bad news for people that like to feed bears vodka. Details here:

Good news for #bears! Bad news for people that like to feed bears vodka. Details here:

The Ukrainian government has identified around 80 bears being kept for entertainment in restaurants, motels, and private zoos , mostly in poor conditions, the BBC reported this week. "How long can we tolerate animal torture in restaurants where drunken guests make bears drink vodka for laughs?" Environment Minister Mykola Zlochevsky was quoted as saying as he vowed that the bears would be taken from their owners and released into a wildlife sanctuary . Dancing Bears In Istanbul Similar measures previously brought an end to the practice of using bears for entertainment in Turkey , where dancing bears were a common -- if technically illegal -- sight well in the 1980s, if not later. By 1998, however, the BBC reported, the country's former ursine performers had been safely moved to a wildlife rescue center in the western city of Bursa. Bulgaria likewise bought up and "retired"...

Full article: http://www.treehugger.com/files/2011/08/last-call-for-ukr...

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