In a third division match between Mashuk-KMV vs. FC Aungusht, a bear was used to entertainment the crowd at the of start the game. That's right, a real live captive bear was brought to the soccer field and forced to clap his hands
just to amuse the audience. This kind of animal exploitation is not only unsafe, but inhumane.
The incident had some commenters speculating that the World Cup might do something similar or try to outdo it, but we want to make sure nothing like this happens again. Sign this petition asking FIFA to commit to an animal cruelty-free World Cup in Russia this June. Bears and other animals that are used as entertainment are usually "trained" at a young age. This often involves being taken away from their natural environments and from their mothers almost instantly, being defanged and declawed, and then being taught - via fear and intimidation - to do the trainers bidding. There is no excuse for treating animals this way.
Using wild animals as entertainment isn't just harmful to the animals - it also poses a real danger to humans. When startled or stressed, as animals often become in unnatural environments, they often react instinctually, understandbly so, putting people at risk of injury or worse.
Animals belong in their natural environments, living life as they natrually would. They don't belong in circuses, cruel roadside zoos, or sporting events. Please sign this petition urging FIFA to stand against animal exlpoitation and keep animals out of the World Cup.