september 20, 2012
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Sponsored by: Lisbeth Amos, Alison Fox and Maren Dallmann
Protest against the tragic death of a caged mountain bear, forced to drink soda to amuse customers in an Azerbaijan cafe
The following footage shows a mountain bear kept in a small and filthy cage at a cafe in Gabala, Azerbaijan:
Not only was the bear imprisoned in a horrific, dirty and small cage, thus being completely deprived of its natural habitat and food sources, it was also forced to drink soda out of a plastic bottle, obviously desperately trying to quench its thirst while having to endure daily abuse and taunts from visitors at the cafe who were clearly amused and entertained by the suffering of this poor creature. According to the newspaper articles, the bear died shortly after the footage was taken, no doubt owing to the fact that it had been ill-treated and abused in its foul cage. It transpires that the dead bear has now been replaced by another bear, who will presumably have to endure similar abuse and ill-treatment.
Clearly, these people have no respect for the life of other sentient creatures. The confinement of animals is ultimately cruel and goes against the instincts and nature of such creatures. When caged, these wild animals lack space, natural habitat and food sources. They are not cared for properly and their minds are not stimulated. The animal experiences high levels of stress from this unnatural environment. No animal deserves this kind of horrific treatment in a civilised society - especially not in the name of 'entertainment'.
According to official statements, this is "an isolated case", but how can they be certain? Isolated case or not, we would like to know what is being done about it?
Equally important, efforts need to be made urgently to prevent similar crimes taking place in the future.
Tell Arif Mammadov - Ambassador, Permanent Representative of the Republic of Azerbaijan to the Council of Europe - that he must do whatever it is in his power to do to ensure that the unnecessary imprisonment and exploitation of animals in the Republic of Azerbaijan are put to an end immediately.
Thank you for your support!