Captive Bears Need Protecting

Captive bears require habitats that are similar to those in the wild, allowing ample space to roam and create dens.

Captive bears require habitats that are similar to those in the wild, allowing ample space to roam and create dens.

Strong regulatory protection for captive bears is essential for them to live as natural lives as possible. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service is accepting public comments until January 27, 2014 on a proposal that would strengthen regulations covering captive bears [docket number: APHIS-2012-0106; docket name: Petition to Promulgate Standards for Bears Under the Animal Welfare Act Regulations].

Captive bears must be provided with an appropriate habitat that allows them to create dens and explore their surroundings. Further, they require enrichment, nutritious food, and adequate space to engage in behaviors essential to their minimum physical and psychological well-being.

If you wish to comment on this issue, go to:
1. The Federal eRulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov/#!documentDetail;D=APHIS-2012-0106-0001.
2. Or send your comment to Docket No. APHIS-2012-0106, Regulatory Analysis and Development, PPD, APHIS, Station 3A-03.8, 4700 River Road Unit 118, Riverdale, MD 20737-1238.

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