24 Apr, 2014 @ 11:49
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Dancing bear spotted at Murcia medieval market

DISTURBING reports of a performing bear at a medieval market in Los Alcazares, in Murcia, have emerged.

David Meanwell, from Bear Conservation UK, contacted the Olive Press with the news.

One of the society’s supporters living in the Murcia area, was shocked to see a captive bear being led through the market.

She appealed to Facebook for more information and unearthed this picture.

This appears to be the first case of a performing bear since the Olive Press reported on two incidences in 2007.

A dancing European Brown Bear was spotted touring with a medieval market near Sevilla while three Siberian Bears were found to be performing at a Granada circus, provoking heated debate on the topic.

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Tom Powell

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  1. If true, an utter disgrace. The cruelty involved in forcing a bear to dance is unspeakable. But, just a bit quizzical about the name of the guy from the “Bear conservation society” ?

  2. I came to Spain because I thought it was a country moving forward and putting the bad times behind it. Things like this and the policies of the PP government seem to be doing the opposite. Really something when a EU member country gets criticised by amnesty international.

  3. amnesty international recently criticised the UK for their over use of tasers by police and France for it discriminating against Muslims by banning the niqab,it’s not just Spain!

    most of my spanish/catalan friends would be disgusted by a dancing bear !!

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