Although born wild, freedom does not come naturally to many of the rescued sun bears here at the BSBCC. This is unsurprising however, for these bears have suffered traumatic pasts. Enrichment, perhaps the most important stage in the sun bear rehabilitation process.
Enrichment is any object or activity designed to stimulate the sun bears and encourage natural behavior. There are four main types of enrichment used here at the BSBCC, these are: Environmental Enrichment, Foraging Enrichment, Sensory Enrichment and Social Enrichment.
Enrichment serves a different purpose. It provides comfort, stimulation, interest and a means of displaying all the behaviours which come naturally to them. Although they may never be truly free, the care and enrichment provided to these sun bears by the BSBCC staff allow the bears to live their lives free from pain, fear and suffering, just as they deserve.
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"We engage in speciesist thinking when we claim that a being must have a humanlike mind to count morally. That is, it is speciesist to claim that a being must have a reflective sense of self awareness, or conceptual thought, or the general ability to experience life in the way that humans do in order to have the moral right not to be used as a resource. As long as there is some*one* there who is subjectively aware and who, in that being’s own way, cares about what happens to him or to her, that is all that is necessary to have the moral right not to be used as a resource." ~ @gary.francione
Excerpt from essay: Sentience
Photo: Egyptian fruit #babybat by Mickey Samuni-Blank
We are starting a #motivationmonday here to help us and others stay motivated during off season! So exciting right?
If we had listened to all the people telling us that Athena would never amount to anything, or that we couldn't show her, or many of the COUNTLESS things people said we couldn't do, we wouldn't be where we are today. Never let anyone convince you that your dreams are too big.
“Gubio” of Refuge Ridge putting on his usual charm in front of the #Camera. With a full #winter coat yesterday’s chilly air was just a breezy summer day for this #beautiful#wolfdog who spent the first year of his life tied to a logging chain before being #rescued and brought to RR. In fact all he knew how to do was run in circles for the longest time. To find out about the ongoing efforts of Refuge Ridge and help support their cause go to www.refugeridge.org .