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The Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals has overturned a lower court’s decision in a case involving bears kept at the Cherokee Bear Zoo in downtown Cherokee.
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Four grizzlies living in concrete pits at Cherokee Bear Zoo are “one step closer” to freedom thanks to a court ruling this week.
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PLEASE keep PRAYING and doing Spiritual Mind Treatments for the Cherokee bears!! We are soooo close to getting them out of the pits!!!

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The Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled in favor of two elders of the Eastern band of Cherokee Indians who had sued the Cherokee Bear Zoo.They had sued the zoo on grounds that its grizzly bear pit enclosures violate the Endangered Species Act's prohi
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By Barbara GrzincicA federal appeals court on Monday reversed the dismissal ofa lawsuit alleging a North Carolina zoo's treatment of captivegrizzly
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Prayers and Spiritual Mind Treatments work! THANK YOU!!! Hopefully the Grizzly bears will be out of the pits soon. I have received lots of questions regarding what's next! The 4th Circuit Court’s decision was to "reverse and remand" the previous decision, meaning it will come back to Judge Reidinger here in WNC. The CBZ has 14 days to ask for a Rehearing. If they don’t, the 4th Circuit Court order is final in 21 days. They also have 90 days to ask the Supreme Court to hear an appeal. While this is great news for the bears, we still don’t know if Judge Reidinger would (assuming we ‘prevail’) again – remove the bears from the CBZ as we have requested so they can live the rest of their lives in a sanctuary. However, there is good authority to do so, and we of course would strenuously argue for this.

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STATEMENT RE CHEROKEE BEAR ZOO FOURTH CIRCUIT OPINION

Please find a statement below from the Coalition for the Cherokee Bears on the ruling of the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals, which reversed the decision of the District Court for the Western District of North Carolina and RULED IN FAVOR OF TWO ELDERS OF THE EASTERN BAND OF CHEROKEE INDIANS, who had sued the Cherokee Bear Zoo on the grounds that its archaic and virtually barren grizzly bear pit enclosures violate the Endan...gered Species Act's prohibition against harassing protected animals. The Fourth Circuit found that the district court erroneously interpreted the definition of "harass" under the Endangered Species Act and remanded the case to the district court for further proceedings consistent with its opinion:

This ruling is a win for the four grizzly bears kept in the archaic and virtually barren concrete pits at the Cherokee Bear Zoo and for the Endangered Species Act, which provides vital protection for these threatened animals held in captivity. These grizzly bears should be exploring a vast, natural, habitat at a reputable wildlife sanctuary and not begging for food from tourists from their pits. The Fourth Circuit's ruling brings them one step closer to this goal.

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In a letter sent this week on behalf of PETA, available here, actor Alec Baldwin is calling on the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to ban bear pits.
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"Can't wait for the bears still in the pits at the Cherokee Bear Zoo to have this experience!!! Please continue prayers for the bears!

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Thirteen bears rescued from confinement are experiencing fresh grass, swimming in open ponds and raising their young for the first time. As a transition to their new life, they were first moved into smaller enclosures within the larger habitat. Last week, they were in good enough shape for the doors...
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BACKGROUND Home to about a dozen miserable bears, the Cherokee Bear Zoo is a small remote tourist trap located off a highway in North Carolina—blink, and you’ll miss it. The dilapidated roads…
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Baldwin in a letter to the agriculture secretary that zoos must end housing bears in slab cages because they can suffer from zoochosis.
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Letter from Alec Baldwin to USDA asking them to ban bear pits like the ones found at the Cherokee bear Zoo

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Stop Abusing the Cherokee Bears

CHEROKEE ELDERS APPEAL COURT DECISION OVER CRUEL BEAR ZOO
Members of Eastern Band Maintain That 'Archaic' Concrete Bear Pits Violate Endangered Species Act, Pus...h for Bears' Release to Sanctuary

Cherokee, N.C. — Last week, two elders of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, Peggy Hill and Amy Walker, filed an appeal of the recent decision of the Western District of North Carolina in the elders' case under the federal Endangered Species Act (ESA) against the Cherokee Bear Zoo (CBZ). Although the trial judge agreed that the virtually barren concrete pits at the CBZ are "archaic," he found that the pits did not amount to a prohibited take under the ESA. As such, the elders' appeal reiterates that keeping endangered grizzly bears in these undersized pits violates ESA’s prohibition against harming, harassing, and wounding protected animals, including those kept in captivity.

"The Endangered Species Act prohibits harming and harassing protected animals, and that should include stopping the deprivation and suffering on display in the tiny concrete pits at the Cherokee Bear Zoo," says Walker. "These animals need and deserve to be moved to a large, naturalistic habitat at a reputable sanctuary, and we'll continue to push for the court to make that happen."

At the CBZ, four adult grizzly bears are denied everything that's natural and important to them, including opportunities to den, the ability to escape confrontation with other bears, and being able to take shelter from inclement weather. Instead, these grizzly bears are confined to barren pits and forced to beg for food from tourists. The concrete pits at the CBZ are also a small fraction of the size of the area in which a bear normally roams in the wild. These deprived grizzly bears exhibit stereotypical behaviors, such as pacing, that indicate intense stress and psychological harm.

For more information, please visit CoalitionForCherokeeBears.com.

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CHEROKEE ELDERS APPEAL COURT DECISION OVER CRUEL BEAR ZOO
Members of Eastern Band Maintain That 'Archaic' Concrete Bear Pits Violate Endangered Species Act, Push for Bears' Release to Sanctuary

Cherokee, N.C. — Last week, two elders of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, Peggy Hill and Amy Walker, filed an appeal of the recent decision of the Western District of North Carolina in the elders' case under the federal Endangered Species Act (ESA) against the Cherokee Bear Zoo ...(CBZ). Although the trial judge agreed that the virtually barren concrete pits at the CBZ are "archaic," he found that the pits did not amount to a prohibited take under the ESA. As such, the elders' appeal reiterates that keeping endangered grizzly bears in these undersized pits violates ESA’s prohibition against harming, harassing, and wounding protected animals, including those kept in captivity.

"The Endangered Species Act prohibits harming and harassing protected animals, and that should include stopping the deprivation and suffering on display in the tiny concrete pits at the Cherokee Bear Zoo," says Walker. "These animals need and deserve to be moved to a large, naturalistic habitat at a reputable sanctuary, and we'll continue to push for the court to make that happen."

At the CBZ, four adult grizzly bears are denied everything that's natural and important to them, including opportunities to den, the ability to escape confrontation with other bears, and being able to take shelter from inclement weather. Instead, these grizzly bears are confined to barren pits and forced to beg for food from tourists. The concrete pits at the CBZ are also a small fraction of the size of the area in which a bear normally roams in the wild. These deprived grizzly bears exhibit stereotypical behaviors, such as pacing, that indicate intense stress and psychological harm.

For more information, please visit CoalitionForCherokeeBears.com.

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This is a great loss to all who care about bears! Else Poulsen helped bears all over the world, she was directly involved in our efforts to help the bears in the pits at the Cherokee Bear Zoo! In my conversations with Else she was always willing to take the time to provide me valuable information. Although she could not attend due to her illness, She provided information as an expert witness during our federal trial! My heart is deeply saddened, she will be greatly missed!!! http://news.nationalgeographic.com/…/160420-bears-else-pou…/

Bears smile just like we do, said Else Poulsen, who understood what makes them tick. 
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