NEW DELHI: The sight of poorly fed and badly treated bears being forced to dance on the streets of India is a thing of the past as a campaign to wipe out the practice has finally borne fruit, activists say.
The World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA) and India-based Wildlife SOS, which runs sanctuaries for bears, have also declared an end to the practice in the last few months, 40 years after a government ban in 1972.
Since the 13th century, bears have been forced to dance for the entertainment of humans.
In India, bear cubs were purchased from poachers for about $22.00
THE PROCESS OF FORCE
The process of force began by hammering a hot iron rod through a cub’s sensitive snout.
The bear cub’s teeth and claws were removed
A threaded rope was inserted through the snout so that the bear can be forced to perform “tricks.”
Humans forced the bear to the streets and for the price of a few rupees, initiated pain to force the bear to sway and jump
Donation-funded groups, have been influencing exploiters of these innocent, living beings to stop this inhumane practice by providing them with money and incentives to re-train in other professions. One example of many: After six years of moving from place-to-place with three captive bears in tow, one man handed over his bears to Wildlife Trust of India officers, who offered his family financial assistance and helped him and his younger brother learn driving skills.
“India is changing rapidly and this is an outmoded, inhumane tradition. The ‘trainers’ themselves realise now that it is far easier for them to earn a living doing other jobs,” Menon of WTI
Note: Success in actions taken to end this travesty is opening opportunities for other campaigns, such as the one to rid India of its snake charmers who can still be spotted illegally plying their trade, often with the snakes’ mouths sewn shut.
THE CONTINUING NEED
Menon of the WTI says that the dancing bear industry was also “a dominant cause behind the disappearance of the sloth bear”, a focus at the bear conference which focused on conservation and welfare.
In the last three decades, the number of sloth bears, a species native to South Asia, has fallen by at least 30 per cent, according to the IUCN-SSC Bear Specialist Group (BSG). There are now less than 20,000 of them.
“The widespread poaching of bear cubs and the killing of mother bears clearly affects the population of the species,” ~ Menon (WTI)
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1 narrow, upright, steel enforced cage (large enough to fit a bear)
1 steel plate with ports for electrical wiring
1 electrical heating system
1 music output system
Circus music recording of choice
Remove a bear from his natural environment (by any means neccessary)
Force bear into steel enforced cage with little room to move except to stand upright
Initiate electrical current to steel floor at a temperature that will inflict adequate pain to paw pads
As the being begins to suffer from the pain, begin music and initiate spoken commands
Immediately the living being will begin to alternate feet for releif from the burns
The alternation of movement from paw-to-paw will simulate a human-like dancing movement
Alternate reducing and raising heat until desired motion is executed upon demand
Note: Continually assure that living being understands who’s in charge! If feelings of empathy for the living being begin to be experienced, be strong and remind yourself that any suffering experienced by a living being in the interest of entertainment is acceptable. While it is true that all living beings suffer equally, as long as it’s not YOU suffering, don’t inconvenience yourself with wasted compassion. A living being’s life in trade for a few minutes of entertainment is considered by many to be acceptable.
Decorate sentient being in bright-colored, eye-catching, comedic fabric
Best served in large groups in colorful settings with ridiculous music playing in the background.
Recipe serves millions of spectators at the cost of $15 – $100.00 a pop, depending on the financial status of partakers.
The treatment of animals in circuses is beyond inhumane.
Please help stop the suffering.
Please help to stop the use of animals in circuses.
Please use your social media platforms to raise public awareness.
Please choose empathy and compassion in your actions toward all living beings.
On behalf of those who cannot speak for themselves, Thank You.
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Hands of men viciously tear her from her mother’s loving care
a wooden box their choice of containment of a tiny baby bear.
This story is told in honor of those who work to send the heroes there
and with hopes of raising consciousness of mankind everywhere
Stuffed roughly and mercilessly
inside of the box
in which she does not fit
she screams, she begs, she cries out
to her mother who paces
frantically, helplessly, hysterically
from behind the fence between them
she cannot reach nor save her baby
all pleas of mercy ignored
arms reaching out
hands of men,
force the ultimate submission
carelessly inflicting pain
overpowered – letting go
heavy lid sealed down upon her
into the darkness
of only sounds
of her mother’s desperate protests
of hammering of nails above her head
and the heartbreaking clinkity-clink
of a handful of coins
her freedom in trade of
profit from animal trade.
Next light finds her
her only company
staring human animals
who gain for the price
of a cup of coffee
a few minutes
of moderate curious satisfaction
at the cost of
her ‘unbearable’ loss.
In the pit of sadness
hope diminishing increasingly
she begins the gradual acceptance
of what is
as abused and captive
succumbing to indifferent emptiness
of the imprisoned reality inflicted
at the hands of men
the sun grows hot
and just as the last bits of
her memory of freedom begin to wilt
a change fills the air when
riding upon white horses
of metal and roaring of sound
throngs of angels arrive
hands of men
reaching out to save her
lifting her from hell
and with loving whispers deliver her
into the promised land
of grapes and bread soaked in honey
to a place of space and care
absent forever from cruelty
to roam where peace abounds
a lifetime warrantee
(and a swimming pond)
man’s gift to her
a second chance at life
outside of the box.
Live Long Nastia!
Author: Gerean Pflug, The Animal Spirits, 11/28/2012
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NOTE: The above prose is dedicated to Nastia and was written to generate empathy and to honor the super heroes: Dr. Amir Khalil & Helmut Dungler, CEO of FOUR PAWS, UK, as well as the hundreds of staff members, volunteers and donors who actively protect the welfare of our precious wildlife. Special thanks to French animal welfare organization “30 Millions d’Amis” for the role they played in protecting Baby Nastia. Blessings on the heads and hands of brave and noble men about the work of setting a standard of honorable leadership through the rightness of empathy, compassion and a dedication to preserve the dignity of The Animal Spirits.
Thank you, Gerean Pflug
THE STORY OF NASTIA THE BABY BEAR- VIDEO
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