Bear Tortured And Forced To Dance For Street Entertainment In India Is Finally Rescued, And His Joy Knows No Bounds

"Misery" would not be too much to describe what many animals that are victims of abuse go through.

From hoarding by aggressive owners, physical violence, organized fights and cruel fur trade – their life is often filled with pain and torture.

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The agony of abused animals

Millions of animals suffer every day, and many more might as well unless something is done to end this cruelty.

It is estimated that there are between 900 and 2,000 new cases of animal hoarding yearly in the US, and 250,000 animals fall victim.

Also, over 115 million animals are killed in laboratory experiments worldwide for chemical, drug, food, and cosmetics testing every year, while others are used for entertainment purposes, just like this bear.

Raju’s story

Although he is now having the time of his life at the Wildlife SOS Bannerghatta Bear Rescue Center, 16-year-old Raju will never forget his horrible past.

He was one of the victims of the cruel ‘dancing bear entertainment’ industry in India. The bears' bodies are pierced in order to make holes where ropes are put through.

The final result looked like a puppet dancing to the audience, but these animals were in fact writhing in pain because of their wounds.

The practice had been in existence for over 400 years in India and was officially made illegal in 1972. Still, a few hidden practices continued.

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Over the past decades, good willing organizations have been committed to ending it, such as Wildlife SOS. Raju was the last of them all, and he was fortunately found before it was too late — this was back in 2009.

He is currently at one of their rescue centers and has had positive reviews from people who have worked with him in his healing process.

Dr. Arun. A. Sha, the director of the veterinary operations for the rescue center, disclosed to Dodo that:

“It has been a great journey for all of us, from the place where all hope seemed to be lost to this little haven where Raju and hundreds of other bears have found a home and their freedom.”

It is great that Raju has finally found some peace, and we couldn't be happier.

Ending Cruel Animal Entertainment

To the rest of the world watching Raju, he was just a cute dancing bear, but he was in severe pain behind the scenes.

This is the fate of several other animals and, sadly, it has remained so due to our own ignorance. Whether it's a jumping lion or riding an elephant, most times it's still abuse and torture. 

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Therefore, it requires our collective effort to know what's going on with those animals before we let ourselves be amused by them. If they are being abused, please report to the appropriate authorities.

Raju’s scars are too many count, and so are countless other animals' all over the world. The least we could do is help them escape this inhumane life our fellow human beings have put them through for the sake of 'fun'.

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