For the first time the North Carolina Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians are speaking up for the ethical treatment of over a dozen bears located in privately owned zoos on reservation land.
In the eyes of Cherokee leaders bears should not be confined to cages and concrete pits, instead they should reap the benefits of the reservation and allow the animals to roam freely as their ancestors did before them.
The Cherokees are in full support of the freeing of captive bears, and refuse to stand by and watch the unethical treatment of bears in captivity.
The privately owned zoos were caught by surprise when they heard word that the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals were planning to file official complaints with federal regulators.
This week, the tribal council has presented a resolution for these heinous actions- revoking the zoo’s licenses.