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    letters | unbearable treatment of wildlife

    Confining bears for entertainment is inhumane, not a cute story

    PRESENTED AS a heartwarming story of a woman and her bear, the article about Maureen Clark and Victoria is far from cute and cuddly to those who know the truth behind animal exploitation (“For the love of a bear, she tames time and nature,” Page A1, Jan. 7).

    Bears and other animals kept to entertain humans do not live happy lives, and do not derive pleasure from performing. They are separated from their families, confined, deprived of stimulation, and forced to perform regardless of their physical or mental state.

    The greatest gift Clark could give the bears is life at a sanctuary and a closed show ring. 

    Marissa D’Aleo