Wow, I’ve been able to mine a lot of information off the internet about stupid people and how they are harming animals. First, I was horrified to see two stupid people in South Africa keeping a tiger (named Enzo) as a “pet”, and now I am equally horrified to see that some stupid people much closer to home are keeping a grizzly bear (named Berkeley) as a “pet”.
Jesus. I don’t even know where to start with how utterly inane this is. I guess I’ll start by giving the link to the story so you can see what I am talking about: https://calgary.ctvnews.ca/province-investigates-after-grizzly-bear-fed-ice-cream-at-innisfail-fast-food-restaurant-1.3766618.
They are feeding the bear ice cream at a Dairy Queen. I mean, wow. Just…wow. The bear’s “keeper” insists that the video of the bear being fed ice cream is “a little bit of out-of-the-box, uniqueness” to “get people’s attention”. She goes on to say that Berkeley is “domesticated”.
Ho. Lee. Shit.
No. NO. A bear is NOT “domesticated”. No, words mean things. Domestication is a process that involves years of breeding generations of animals. Berkeley is a first-generation slave, so the word “domestication” does not apply.
Don’t get me wrong: domestication is a form of slavery and is NOT okay. But in this case, this animal is being called “domesticated” to make people feel okay about a non-domesticated animal being forced to live this way.
So Berkeley is most certainly not domesticated, as the article states she is “a year old and was taken in as a rescue by the wildlife facility in Innisfail”.
Look, I get that it may be difficult to rehab bear cubs to be reintegrated into their natural habitats, but if that is the case, at least let them live as naturally as possible in a sanctuary habitat. This does not include driving them around in cars and feeding them ice cream. There is also video footage of Berkeley eating cake for his birthday. Cake. Jesus, these people!
Bears don’t eat ice cream and cake!
Berkeley lives at Discovery Wildlife Park, which claims to provide permanent homes for “unfortunate” wildlife such as orphaned animals who can’t be released, exotic pets kept illegally, and unwanted pets.
But it’s a fucking zoo. It even calls itself a zoo. They say they don’t breed animals, but it’s still a place where animals are exploited to entertain visitors. And Berkeley the bear is being exploited too. They say they educate about “conservation”, but they are charging people money to come pet tigers and bears and other animals, so it’s basically a petting zoo. And I guarantee you there is no mention of veganism! If you want to talk about conservation, the FIRST thing you should talk to people about is how their consumer choices are destroying habitat for animals all over the globe. But nope, nothing. Yeah, conservation my ass.
And get this. They “train” these captive, enslaved animals so they can star in movies and TV shows. They claim the “training” is enrichment for the animals, which is a load of shit. You can enrich life for these animals without exploiting them for personal gain, as SANCTUARIES do.
Fuck these people. Fuck Discovery Wildlife Park. And fuck anyone who takes a bear cub in their car to go get fucking ice cream.