Cherokee, North Carolina is home to Chief Saunooke Bear Park - CSBP. This park is literally a house of horrors for the bears held captive there for human enjoyment. The bears are confined to lonely concrete cells where they are not allowed anything they would have in the wild. These bears exhibit nervous and behavioral symptoms due to extreme boredom and prolonged mistreatment by handlers. The bears repeatedly bite the metal cage bars causing painful bone infections with no treatment or pain relief. The bears are often trapped with their own waste which effects their highly developed sense of smell. One worker was reported to have told an undercover PETA investigator, " You just got to be careful because (federal officials) think you're trying to hide something. Which we are."
CSBP's manager and bear handler admitted that bears are denied food because, "If you feed them....they ain't gonna eat for people." The manager also bragged that he routinely sprays one particular bear with water "all the time....so he gets his ass up." and forces him on display. The park's bear handler said it took "20 shots....to the head" to kill him for the meat. He said that there is "nothing better than a bear that's been eating apples and bread his whole life. Meats good."
CSBP admits to workers getting high on the job and refuses to hire Native Americans, calling them "long distance corn ni**ers."
In June 2012, the USDA charged CSBP with violating the Animal Welfare Act (AWA) and requested that its license be revoked or suspended. PETA submitted its evidence, which shows that many apparent AWA violations continue to occur, to the USDA and asked that it confiscate CSBP's bears.
Please help in getting these highly intelligent animals to safety where they will be able to forage and do other behaviors that is natural to them. https://secure.peta.org/site/Advocacy?cmd=display&page=UserAction&id=4469