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Game show host Bob Barker has revealed his experience campaigning against the ‘sickening’ abuse of bears in Cherokee, North Carolina.

Following a visit to a roadside zoo, friends of the veteran TV personality were shocked at the appalling treatment of caged bears and informed Barker of what they witnessed, who then tipped off PETA, the animal rights organization.

‘There were six to seven bears in concrete cubicles,’ Barker wrote in a blog for CNN. ‘Their fur was hanging off, they were begging for food, and an employee was tossing one bear cub around by the scruff of his neck.’

Investigations by PETA uncovered a horror story of abuse and neglect relating to the bears – but when Barker tried to visit the zoos for himself, he was refused entry. He is now campaigning for these ‘beautiful’ creatures to be moved to a more comfortable and natural environment. Until then, he is urging people to stay away from Cherokee and ‘voice their support for allowing the bears to retire to a sanctuary’.

Visit for information on how you can help with the bears’ plight.

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