Bear performing before Russian league match branded 'inhumane' by PETA

Paola Ditto
Aprile 17, 2018

The bear, named Tima, is seen holding the match ball before clapping to fans before kick-off in the third-tier match between Mashuk-KMV and Angusht in Pyatigorsk on Saturday, while standing on his hind legs.

However, the real entertainment - if you can call it that - came before a ball had been kicked in anger when a real, live brown bear was tasked with handing over the match-ball to the referee, who didn't seem to bat an eyelid at the prospect.

As revealed by the BBC Sport, PETA director Elisa Allen considered the move to be a risky one as well.

"In addition to being inhumane and utterly out of touch, using a bear as a captive servant to deliver a football is downright unsafe", said Elisa Allen, the director of animal welfare charity Peta.

"Bears are wild animals and as such have very specific and complex needs".

"The bear is the symbol of Russian Federation, so we hope the country's people will show some compassion and national pride and stop abusing them".

Despite the bear being a Russian national symbol, the group has cautioned the organizers to avoid similar act in the fourth coming 2018 World Cup tournament, slotted for June in Russia.

The group director delved deeply by describing the situation, hence giving support for their stance-why they consider the move tormenting for animals.

Angusht said in a post on their Facebook page that Tim would perform at the opening ceremony of this summer's World Cup in Moscow.

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