Lawsuit filed over bear’s living conditions in NC

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Ben the Bear (Credit: Peta.org)

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. — Animal rights activists have sued the federal government because of the living conditions for a bear at a Cumberland County roadside zoo.

The Fayetteville Observer reported two local residents, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals and the Animal Legal Defense Fund, are suing the U.S. Agriculture Department.

The lawsuit challenges the renewal an animal welfare act license for Jambbas Ranch Tours in Cedar Creek. The lawsuit said the license should not have been renewed while the agency has an open investigation of the facility.

Jambbas houses dozens of animals, including Ben the bear, who lives in a 12-by-22-foot cage with a concrete floor.

Owner James Bass says his attorneys have told him not to talk about the bear.

The agency says it has not seen the lawsuit.

Credit: The Associated Press.