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Micha, Glasha and Bony: the vets are shocked!

Micha, Glasha and Bony: the vets are shocked!

Mis à jour le 15 November 2019

We sought advice from veterinary bear specialists on the health status of Micha, Glasha and Bony. By watching the videos that we aired last week, they all sounded the alarm. Their dramatic reports confirm that the three bears require immediate care, far from the claws of Poliakov’s. Do not wait until it's too late!

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« These bears have been kept under conditions of almost continual stress and are deprived of positive mental stimulation. »
Dr. John A. Knight

Following the pictures that we unveiled last week, Micha was placed in emergency care this weekend in the zoo-sanctuary of La Tanière (28) and we are delighted. Here he is finally out of the hands of Poliakov’s and being cared for! But this poor bear is in a disastrous state and so is his former co-detainees, Glasha and Bony, they still remain under the control of trainers ... A major irregularity given their appalling detention conditions and risks to their health.

« This type of abnormal behaviour is considered to be synonymous with chronic mental distress and in the case of the black bear (Ed. Micha), it is very obvious that the animal sucks on the wires of the cage creating desperate whimpers ending with a "cough". These sounds are similar to sounds naturally heard by this species, but totally out of context, a mix of communication and warning sounds. »
Dr. John A. Knight

Bony and Glasha in danger

We showed the videos of their hell to the veterinary bear specialists and all agree that they are in critical danger! They denounce the lack of drinking water in their cells, an inappropriate and mediocre diet, when it is not mouldy ... And of course, they are shocked by the lack of structures adapted to the basic needs of the bears, as well as the clinical signs and symptoms of serious illness.

Dr. Ilayaraja of the Wildlife SOS Association and veterinarian of the Bear Sanctuary notably observed the presence of black dots on one of Bony's canines. According to him, they "indicate that a broken tooth has exposed the fragile pulp cavity and caused an infection. This can be fatal to a bear if it is not treated urgently by a veterinary dentist". In addition, the expert is concerned with the vision of the animal. He notes eye damage that is "obviously the result of long-term neglect and lack of medical care".

As for Glasha, his fate is comparable. Worse: the alarming presence of black spots on the canine, localized peeling of the fur, "a purulent eye discharge, suggesting that it is malnourished and infested with worms," and "an abnormal growth under the left eye, likely to be cancerous". The doctor insists on the importance of examining it as soon as possible to see if it is malignant and to administer appropriate treatment to prevent complications in vision.

« Night quarters consist of bare concrete floors. There is little or no litter, except for a bit of hay provided for the black bears. This is totally inadequate for these very intelligent animals. In the wild, black bears spend a lot of time in the trees, seeking shelter and most often find themselves in heavily forested areas. They avoid humans and brown bears whenever possible. They also like digging and searching dead branches, pebbles and sheltering insects, and so on. There is no suggestion that any real attempt has been made to provide for the psychological needs of these animals, whether in daytime or at night. Nowadays, this shows a shocking disregard for the welfare of these animals. »
Dr. John A. Knight

Sanitary emergency

Every minute counts to save Bony and Glasha! Especially since the absolute lack of hygiene in their prison and their moral distress only diminish their hopes of survival. Dr. Amélie Nicolau from Refuge de l'Arche is worried about them nibbling or licking the bars of the cage doors, constantly turning on themselves and nodding their heads. She points out that these stereotypical behaviours are observed in bears in captivity, "especially in stressed individuals, placed in an unsuitable or insufficiently stimulated environment".

Thus, all the bear specialists we interviewed say that only their placement in a shelter with appropriate care will give them the chance to escape this fatal destiny. We are coming together so that Bony and Glasha are both permanently safe from their persecutors, like Micha!

We sent the expert reports to the Ministry of Ecological and Solidarity Transition and the Prefect to support our complaints against the Poliakov’s. And we count more than ever on you to support our campaign and to please sign our petition.

Marie-Sophie Bazin
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Anita | Thursday 03 October 2019

Je ne comprends absolument pas l'inertie du ministère de l environnement !
Pourquoi attendre alors qu'il y a urgence? Mme la ministre, la priorité semble être ailleurs.
C'est triste, désespérant, incompréhensible.

Karine et Philippe | Monday 30 September 2019

Micha a été libéré après un rude combat mené par les associations de la cause animale et notre mobilisation. Je ne remercierai jamais assez celles et ceux qui se battent pour sauver ces victimes innocentes. Il serait temps que le peuple se réveille, car ce que les tortionnaires font aux animaux, ils le font ensuite aux humains. Signez les pétitions, mobilisez-vous auprès d'une association de la cause animale, partagez les infos sur les réseaux sociaux ! Les animaux ne sont pas des clowns, n'ont pas à être enfermés dans des cages ou dans des delphinariums pour exécuter des numéros ridicules, sous les coups. La chasse est également une pratique barbare, indigne d'un pays des droits de l'Homme. La place des deux autres ours est auprès de Micha dans un zoo refuge. Faut-il attendre leur agonie pour réagir? On juge une grande Nation, de la manière dont elle traite ses animaux.

One Voice | Tuesday 01 October 2019

Merci beaucoup Karine et Philippe pour votre soutien !
L'équipe One Voice

MOOKIE | Friday 27 September 2019

Merci au milieu associatif pour votre humanité réelle.

Nagneau | Thursday 26 September 2019

Je ne comprends pas que dans un pays civilisé de telles horreurs puissent encore exister et je comprends encore moins qu'il faille attendre encore des jours ou des mois pour sauver ces animaux. Mr le Président, Mme la Ministre s'il vous plaît : pour une question d'humanité et de respect de la vie, mettez fin à ces atrocités en libérant ces animaux honteusement maltraités afin qu'ils puissent vivre dans de meilleures conditions. Je vous remercie d'entendre cet appel du fond du cœur car cette souffrance des animaux est insoutenable et elle me touche au plus profond. Car il s'agit de violences gratuites, odieuses qui ne devraient plus exister et encore moins être tolérées.