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Bear pits, Bob Barker and C.W. Bill Young

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You can't make this stuff up.

Check out this story from the Sylva Herald in Sylva, N.C. It seems U.S. Rep. C.W. Bill Young, R-Indian Shores, was vacationing there with his wife, Beverly, and they were appalled with the conditions of "bear pits" at a zoo run by an American Indian tribe.

Young calls up his pal Bob Barker of The Price is Right fame. Barker then contacts PETA. And so began a small town controversy with some big name protagonists.

“I’m not an expert on bears,” Barker told tribal leaders Tuesday. “I’m an expert on giving away refrigerators. But I can tell you these bears are not being properly housed or fed. Their lives are completely restricted to these zoos."

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[Last modified: Thursday, September 9, 2010 4:54pm]

    

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