Officials in Sochi, Russia, have a new problem to deal with in a city already plagued by issues from the 2014 Winter Olympics. A terrible animal rights issue is quickly gathering attention from all over the world.
Locals recently made a discovery behind a bar of two bears who were caged for more than 20 years. Found mistreated and addicted to alcohol, saying the bears were in bad shape would be the understatement of the year.
This was until public pressure and authorities forced the owner to relinquish control of the bears. However, as they lacked a new home to send them to, authorities were at a loss with what to do with the poor creatures. Fortunately, the Big Hearts Foundation stepped in and melted Sochi”s icy heart.
Big Hearts, a bear sanctuary in Romania, heard the story of these unfortunate bears and decided they could help.
Perhaps most shocking is that the owner of the bears, who also runs a restaurant in Sochi, defended keeping the bears. He argued that the beer was good for them because of the cold climate. I think we can all agree it”s a good thing those bears aren”t stuck in Russia anymore.