Obese bear to be removed from Pa. sportsmens club after pleas from Alec Baldwin, PETA: reports – PennLive

Posted: January 21, 2020 at 9:45 am

UPDATE: Pa. sportsmens club breaks silence on caged bear controversy: PETA didnt win

A morbidly obese bear caged at a Pennsylvania sportsmens club will be moved to a Colorado animal sanctuary, its been decided in the days after celebrity Alec Baldwin drew attention to the animals mistreatment.

Thats according to WNEP-16, which cited Union County Sportsmens Clubs president, who said the bear would be moved to Colorado next Thursday.

Earlier this week, Baldwin on the behalf of the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals sent a letter to Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf, urging him to intervene in the mistreatment of Dillan, a morbidly obese Asiatic black bear.

It was the second time that Baldwin had reached out to the governor about the bear, which was housed in a cage at the Union County Sportsmens Club and Wildlife Sanctuary in Millmont.

According to officials at the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the bear suffers from severe dental issues including several missing teeth, a recessed gum line and a broken, discolored tooth. The bear also has been seen rocking, which often is a sign of pain and/or psychological distress, they said.

A story published by People on Tuesday about Baldwins pleas to the governor pointed out that the USDA inspection found that the bear, which is declawed, likely suffers from arthritis and that the club has no plans to treat this issue either.

Officials at PETA had previously arranged for the bear to be placed at the Wild Animal Sanctuary in Colorado, which has offered to transport him and provide him with lifelong care at no cost to the sportsmens club.

Member of PETA have long advocated for the bears release.

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