THE ANIMAL SPIRITS

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NEW DELHI: The sight of poorly fed and badly treated bears being forced to dance on the streets of India is a thing of the past as a campaign to wipe out the practice has finally borne fruit, activists say.

The World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA) and India-based Wildlife SOS, which runs sanctuaries for bears, have also declared an end to the practice in the last few months, 40 years after a government ban in 1972.

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HISTORY

  • Since the 13th century, bears have been forced to dance for the entertainment of humans.
  • In India, bear cubs were purchased from poachers for about $22.00

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THE PROCESS OF FORCE

  • The process of force began by hammering a hot iron rod through a cub’s sensitive snout.
  • The bear cub’s teeth and claws were removed
  • A threaded rope was inserted through the snout so that the bear can…

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