Cherokee elders push to free bears at private zoos
By MITCH WEISS, Associated Press
Updated 8:29 am, Saturday, February 16, 2013
CHEROKEE, N.C. (AP) — Peggy Hill was outraged. After watching a video of bears endlessly circling their tiny enclosures at a privately owned zoo on a Cherokee Indian reservation, she knew she had to act.
Hill and other members of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians began pressing the tribal council to force that zoo and two others on the reservation to free the bears.
Now it appears Eastern Band leaders are ready to tackle the issue.
At a contentious meeting this week, the tribal council said it's considering a resolution introduced by Hill and supporters to revoke the zoos' licenses and require the owners to remove the bears from captivity ...