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PETA calls on MSU to ban traveling bear act

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BOZEMAN - The animal rights group, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), has called for Montana State University to ban a traveling bear act called, "The Great Bear Show," after reports that it has violated the Animal Welfare Act.

In a letter to MSU President Dr. Waded Cruzado, PETA cited a U.S. Department of Agriculture report from March 31, when the show was visiting the MSU campus.

During the visit, the report said the act received citations for violating "attending veterinarian and adequate veterinary," "handling of animals" and "space requirements."

The letter to Cruzado, which included the USDA report, read in part, "We urge you to prioritize animal welfare and public safety by refusing to host Steele's cruel bear show again and allowing only wild-animal-free entertainment moving forward."

MSU spokesman Michael Becker said the university works in advance with show operators to establish a set of rules regarding the shows. 

"Montana State University takes animal safety very seriously," said Becker."We don't want any animals mistreated while they're here, and so... we work very closely with show runners and acts and promoters who would come to the university and use our facilities and bring animals in," he said.

"Ultimately, it is the responsibility of the promoters and the animal acts themselves to follow those rules," Becker said.

Becker said the University does not yet know if "The Great Bear Show" will return to the university, but it does not have any plans to stop live animal acts.

You can read PETA's letter to the University, as well as the reports, here.

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