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2012.08.30 15:33

A bear has been confiscated from a Lithuanian businesswoman

2012.08.30 15:33

A bear has been confiscated from a Lithuanian businesswoman, who kept the animal in miserable conditions, while seeking commercial benefit. The bear was sent to Germany, for rehabilitation.  

A bear has been confiscated from a Lithuanian businesswoman, who kept the animal in miserable conditions, while seeking commercial benefit. The bear was sent to Germany, for rehabilitation.

The bear named Masha has been entertaining roadside bar visitors for 18 years. Masha, a local attraction, was held in a cage obviously too small for her size.

Animal rights activists claim that conditions were very poor and endangering the animal’s health.

This roadside bar acquired the bear from some hunters, and it was seriously injured, at the time. Fines have been repeatedly imposed on the owner of the bar, but the situation remained unchanged.

Masha will be delivered to the bear reservation in Germany, the so called ‘Park of the Bears’. Many bears that were kept in poor conditions at the zoos, circuses or by private persons find there shelter.

It’s the first time in Lithuania that such a large mammal as bear has been confiscated.

Video material that was submitted to European Broadcasting Union:

Soundbite (Lithuanian)

Brigita Kymantaite, Animal Rights activist:

It had no conditions to express its natural behavior, such as climbing, swimming and all the things that bears do when live in natural environment.

Soundbite (Lithuanian)

Antanina Vrubliauskiene, businesswoman, owner of Masha:

The animal neither complains, nor cries. So far, I have never had to call a veterinary. The animal was kept clean, and I didn’t receive any complains from the customers in my cafe.