Micha, a bear on the edge of the abyss
- By chapteranimals
- On 08/09/2019
Micha is a bear operated by a couple of trainers. He is not the only one, since this couple has two other bears, Bony and Glasha. Micha is regularly out, especially during the summer period, to go to medieval festivals to give a show. Yet, his health is alarming! Micha is old, he has osteoarthritis, can no longer use his claws and causing injuries that can be infected. As if that were not enough, the bear makes many unnatural numbers, such as walking on a balloon and, occasionally, riding on a scooter. Chapter Animals asks for Micha's retreat in a sanctuary.
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Micha is a bear operated by a couple of trainers. He is not the only one, since this couple has two other bears, Bony and Glasha. Micha is regularly out, especially during the summer period, to go to medieval festivals to give a show. Yet, his health is alarming! Older, suffering from osteoarthritis, no longer able to use his claws and causing injuries that can be infected, Micha's life is anything but a dream! As if that were not enough, the bear makes many unnatural numbers, such as walking on a balloon and, occasionally, riding on a scooter. Chapter Animals asks for their retreat in a sanctuary.
The bears of this couple are not unknown to the associations. AVES France has been fighting for more than 10 years to ban the representations of bear showmen in France. This initiative is supported by numerous associations and foundations, including the Brigitte Bardot Foundation which helped AVES to contact Four Paws to reserve places in their sanctuaries to help these bears, as well as the Foundation 30 million d'amis, who has allowed veterinary services to be checked to see how healthy the bear is. In early September, the One Voice association infiltrated the pair of trainers to retrieve images of the living conditions of animals.
Micha is not the only bear held by the couple, they are three. There is Bony, a grizzly male as well as Glasha, a brown bear. Glasha is also the most dangerous of the three and the female would tend to be more hesitant to perform the numbers. But it is Micha who is presented at the fairs. The other two are now too stereotypical to be exposed in public. However, the bear has difficulty moving, suffering from osteoarthritis. We can also see that he no longer uses his nails, which causes wounds on the legs of the animal. These can very quickly become infected, especially as the three bears live in a concrete cage with some chips. They have no enrichment in their prison, their only occupation is to go around in circles. How long have they been living this hell? Where is animal welfare? Why can not they enjoy an outdoor outing, as it should be? Not to mention that the couple also has equines, a monkey magot and macaws.
In 2 018, Micha, on the occasion of Valentine's Day, was already exhibited ... In a Parisian restaurant. Yes, in a bear in a restaurant. Do you realize stupidity? And before that? The bears, a little over 10 years ago, were exploited in circuses. During these numbers, the same as they are today, the bears had to walk on a ball, ride a motorcycle, walk on two legs, dodge pads or dance. Behaviors that, just like a balancing elephant or a beast to jump into a hoop of fire, are not in the nature of the animal.
Chapter Animals, committed to animal welfare, then joined the request of the association of AVES France to ask for the ban of bears in fair shows - or any other use. To do this, and to accompany many other NGOs such as the Brigitte Bardot Foundation, 30 million d'amis, the associations Animal Code, Paris Animaux Zoopolis, Bears in Mind, we have attached our signature to the mail sent to the Ministry of Ecological Transition and solidarity. As for the veterinary services of the department? They do not seem to care more than that about the well-being of the three bears. However, in 2015, an inspection took place and the agent was unable to access the animals. access would have been denied.
But then, are Micha, Glasha and Bony the last exploited bears in France? The answer is no. The best known, Valentin, does regularly talk about him on social networks. But they are not alone. Five other bears are present at various parties and private events. Killian, Lucien, Lutchak, Samy and Shadow are also used for staging during these festivities. But what are their living conditions? Are they better off than Micha, Glasha and Bony? Where do they live the same hell? Places are ready in sanctuaries to welcome them, is not it high time to let them go?
EDIT: We learn via 30 million friends that legal proceedings have been going on for almost 6 months, concerning Misha and many controls are sent to trainers, when traveling on the roads of France. The couple, since the judicial liquidation of their company was no longer exploit the animals but have created an association to circumvent this. An investigation for hidden work is in progress.
All the photos used belong to the association AVES FRANCE. You can also find the video of the performance ici