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

Bear performing before Russian league match branded 'inhumane' by PETA
From ESPN - April 17, 2018

Footage of a bear performing in front of fans before a Russian league match has been condemned as "shocking and inhumane" by animal welfare group PETA.

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.

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

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

Angusht said in a post on their Facebook pagethat Tim would perform at the opening ceremony of this summer's World Cup in Moscow. However, the BBC reports that tournament organisers FIFA have denied that claim.

The visitors won the match 3-0.

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