Some of you may recall this video with starving bears begging for food in an Asian zoo. After doing a lot of digging, it was found that the Zoo this video was filmed at was Bandung Zoo in Indonesia cutting back on food and starving their bears so much that visitors took pity on them and tossed them food. Calls to the zoo administrators were grossly neglected and the people led by local non profit Scorpion Foundation went directly to the government.
UPDATE..SUN STARVING BEARS IN BANDUNG ZOO ..
RESPONSE FROM Minister Siti Nurbaya Bakar, Assigns a Team to Monitor Sun Starving Bears in Bandung Zoo (January 20, 2017)
The Minister of Environment and Forestry, Dr. Siti Nurbaya Bakar, MSc., sent a statement via Change.org petition of Scorpion Foundation pertaining to the sun bear issue in Bandung Zoo. Below is the statement in English version (translated by Scorpion staff).
A Message From Our Sponsors
I have received and read the petition submitted by friends from Scorpion Foundation. First of all I want to thank you for the report that was presented to me. This greatly helps us in monitoring the welfare of animals, particularly those in zoos.
Since knowing this problem, I’ve sent a team to the field to check directly the condition of the bears in Bandung Zoo as well as to collect materials and information which I will use to make the right decision. In addition, a doctor is also included in the team to perform a complete medical examination and welfare of animals, including the suitability of the condition of the place.
On Monday, we will be meeting to discuss examination results to determine what decisions I would take. I will inform you, our friends, further regarding the decision which will be make after hearing the report of the team and the results of the meeting.
Minister of Environment and Forestry
Dr. Ir. Siti Nurbaya Bakar, M.Sc.
Massive thanks to all who have signed and shared the petition following global reports of the immense suffering of the bears and other animals at Bandung zoo in Indonesia.
Your voice is being heard!
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The animal lover community need to stand up for animals especially for these starving bears. With the Trump government in place, it is highly unlikely the secretary of state or foreign minister is going to care about animal welfare overseas and this is where the global community must stand up. Please support the work of global activism by getting a Bear Hoodie.