This Zoo Took a Bear to Dairy Queen Without Notifying Officials

  • by: Care2 Team
  • recipient: Alberta Fish and Wildlife
What's worse than keeping a bear confined for life in a zoo? Taking the bear off zoo grounds to get ice cream without notifying FIsh and Wildlife.

Unfortunately, that's just one of several mistakes Discovery Wildlife Park has made in recent years. Please sign this petition to shut down the zoo now.

Owners at Discovery Wildlife Park took a one-year-old Kodiak bear, named Berkley, to Dairy Queen and filmed the bear going through the drive-thru window. The video shows an employee feeding Berkley ice cream through the window. Owners claim the video's purpose was to teach people not to feed bears - though it's unclear how the video teaches that lesson.

The video quickly caught the attention of Alberta Fish and Wildlife. According to the zoo's permit, it is supposed to notify Alberta Fish and Wildlife every time an animal is removed from zoo property. Discovery Wildlife Park now faces two charges under the Wildlife Act: one for the Dairy Queen incident, and another for failing to inform officials that Berkley was being taken out for nightly bottle-feeding last year.

These two charges clearly show a pattern of irresponsible behavior, but that's just the tip of the iceberg. According to Zoocheck Canada, an animal welfare group that monitors zoo conditions, Discovery Wildlife Park has been cited for several violations related to how its animals are kept and treated at the zoo.

Animals should never be confined in zoos, but especially not after the zoo has repeatedly failed to follow rules. Please sign this petition urging Albert Fish and Wildlife to shut Discovery Wildlife Park down now!
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