By Angela Holt
Just a few days prior to Christmas, two bears were taken from our local zoo, Tregembo Animal Park, to be relocated to a facility in Colorado. This was the result of a settlement reached between Tregembo Animal Park's owners and the plaintiffs in a costly lawsuit supported by PETA.
I believe this was not about what is best for the bears in question; it is about money and forcing the radical, anti-zoo views of a few people on the rest of us.
Over the years, as a zoo visitor, I have had the privilege of witnessing the great care that zoo staff at Tregembo provided for the bears, both of which were rescued by the zoo over ten years ago.
A few years ago, after one bear's illness, a number of veterinarians were brought in, and he made a full recovery. Recently, an esteemed veterinarian from NC State University visited the bears and found them to be healthy.
I feel the bears have been wrongly removed. These healthy bears did not need to be "rescued" to a sanctuary home. This move is undoubtedly causing the animals great, undue stress and trauma. Photos and video show the "sanctuary" --the bears' new home-- has rugged, inadequate enclosures and substandard food for the bears.