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Animal Defenders International urges Oxfordshire show to pull bear cub appearance

Posted: 21 August 2014

Animal Defenders International (ADI) is calling on the organisers of the Enstone Annual Show to halt plans to feature a bear cub. The event is being held at the village’s sports and social club, located near Chipping Norton, this Saturday, 23 August.

Jan Creamer, President of Animal Defenders International, said: “Using wild animals for entertainment may appear harmless, but it is certainly no fun for animals like bears who are highly intelligent and have very specialised needs. Our investigations have shown the suffering these animals endure, and we urge the organisers to pull the bear cub from the Enstone Annual Show and refrain from having wild animals at future events.”

The bear cub is being supplied by Chipping Norton-based Amazing Animals, which is a major supplier of animals for television, advertising and films. ADI has previously gone behind-the-scenes at the company and revealed brutal training techniques, animals exhibiting unnatural and repetitive behaviours, and barren conditions. This evidence, and that gathered at other animal suppliers, has led companies such as Vision Express to introduce an ethical policy which does not involve the use of wild animals in their advertising or at their events.

When approached by ADI, the organiser of the Enstone Annual Show was unable to provide any details about the bear cub or what provisions would be made to safeguard the animal’s welfare and public safety. This lack of information is of concern, given the various welfare issues and risk to public safety that having even a young wild animal at an event presents.

ADI has particular expertise in the use of animals in the entertainment industry and our ongoing studies have highlighted the abuse, deprivation and suffering inflicted on animals used for this purpose. Our undercover investigations at establishments in the UK and around the world have shown that, in the main, any discipline or abuse of captive animals used for entertainment tends to occur behind the scenes, while the animals are being trained or kept isolated in their cages. This makes it almost impossible to ensure that a performing animal has not suffered during a lifetime of training.

Other studies have identified that, in captivity, animals are deprived of all the normal, social and mental stimulation that they would enjoy in the wild. They live in barren environments, where they remain until required for a performance. They are trained to do tricks and their compliance may be gained through a withdrawal of food, water or affection.

Bears are intelligent and inquisitive animals, known for their enjoyment of anything new and interesting, and for exploring great distances each day in the wild. Using them for entertainment compromises their welfare; even in zoos, bears have been found to suffer the adverse effects of captivity.

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Animal Defenders International
With offices in London, Los Angeles and Bogota, ADI campaigns across the globe on animals in entertainment, providing technical advice to governments, securing progressive animal protection legislation, drafting regulations and rescuing animals in distress. ADI has a worldwide reputation for providing video and photographic evidence exposing the behind-the-scenes suffering in industry and supporting this evidence with scientific research on captive wildlife and transport. ADI rescues animals all over the world, educates the public on animals and environmental issues.

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