Target: Three Bears General Store Owner, Bill DeLozier
Goal: Urge store owner to send five bears to a proper sanctuary
Five Himalayan black bears are being held in a concrete pit in the back of Three Bears General Store in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee by an owner who keeps them for entertainment purposes only. Three Bears General Store owner Bill DeLozier refuses to send the bears to a sanctuary in Colorado where they would live in a more natural habitat.
DeLozier previously kept two Himalayan black bears in such deplorable conditions that the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency was tipped off and took the two bears from him after learning that they had been illegally imported. DeLozier admitted he was keeping the two bears for breeding purposes. The five bears still remaining under DeLozier’s ownership are hardly in a better state and are confined to a concrete pit in the back of his store.
State laws that involve keeping wild animals are typically very weak, and the conditions in which DeLozier is keeping the bears just meets the standards of Tennessee’s laws. Three Bears General Store has violated animal welfare laws numerous times for allowing moldy excrement to accumulate in the bears’ pit, not providing adequate veterinary care, and failing to provide clean drinking water.
Many people take advantage of these weak laws and become backyard breeders of wild animals in order to make profits. DeLozier is taking advantage of the state’s laws and refuses to give up the remaining five bears so that they can live better lives in a sanctuary. Please put pressure on DeLozier to release the five bears by signing the petition below.
Dear Mr. DeLozier,
It is very disheartening that you refuse to release five Himalayan black bears to a sanctuary where they would have more room and live happier lives. Recently, the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency took away two of your bears that were kept in small cages and were meant to be used for breeding purposes only. It is cruel to use animals in this way and I urge you to do the right thing and give up the remaining five bears so that they are not subjected to such cruelty for any longer.
Wild animals are not meant to be kept in such deplorable conditions. Three Bears General Store is no stranger to animal welfare violations and it is unfortunate that more hasn’t been done to take away the other five bears. No animal deserves to live in such conditions and it would be better for your store’s public image to release them to a sanctuary.
Please consider the welfare of these animals and let the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency handle the Himalayan black bears under your possession. This will benefit everyone in the long term.
[Your Name Here]
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