Bear parks, though do not sound too much of problems,
but the suffering of bears in those bear parks are quite
noticeable. Particularly, in Japan, bears are kept in
concrete enclosures and made to beg for food in the
name of public entertainment, which is obviously, not
a healthy practice to conduct.
Bears captivated in bear parks are solely kept for
public amusement and more often than not, bears are
advertised or shown as big monsters, and no proper education
is provided to visitors about the bears and their natural
life. Most of the time, bears are kept as a show-piece,
who does not have a life of its own and is made only
for others—a total inhuman perspective of a humane
Points of bear parks
- It is noticed that standards and recommendations
set forth by the Japanese Government and the Japanese
Association of Zoological Gardens and Aquariums are
not met by the bear park authorities, and it does
not do any good to the captivated bears
- Bear parks do not have sufficient shelter or space
for the bears where they can stay or live their life.
- Overcrowding is one of the major problems seen
in bear parks, whereas more bears are stuffed into
a particular space, which often results in fights
and clashes for the resources, and ultimately results
- The built-up or the materials used for making up
the enclosures for bears are not adequate for their
growth or sustenance.
- Nutrition and other facilities provided to the
bears are not adequate, and the health of the bears
does not respond to the work that they have to carry
out in those bear parks to amuse the spectators.
How to Improve the Bear Parks
Anybody, who chooses to visit bear parks, can easily
frame that the condition of bears in these parks is
pathetic and needs certain changes to ensure more natural
habitat, where they can keep their species-specific
In their natural and wild habitat, bears live in a
rich and varied environment, which extends its ranges
over hundreds of miles, and offer variety of activities.
However, the condition of enclosures in the bear parks
is like providing an elephant with a quantity of food
that a single human eats in his or her single meal—it
does not befit the size and of course the need! Large
forest like spaces should be provided to the bears,
if they have to be kept in the bear parks at all. The
flooring of the enclosures is often concrete, which
simply does not suit to the behaviour of bears in any
way—more natural environment should be provided.
Time and freedom should be provided to the bears to
perform their activities, which allow the total growth
of the captivated bears. Proper veterinary care and
nutritious food should also be provided to ensure that
they do not suffer from some disease or injuries.
WSPA and help us stamp out cruel practices like Bear
Since 1981, The World Society for the Protection of
Animals has fought to realise a dream where animal
welfare matters and animal cruelty ends. Having successfully
eradicated the practice of Bear Dancing in Greece
and Turkey, we are now hoping to bring an end to the
inhumane industry of Bear Bile Farming. None of this
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