Tribal Council vote on bear zoos disappointing

To the Editor:

I am extremely disappointed in the Eastern Band of Cherokee Tribal Council (except members Perry Shell, Terri Henry and Bo Taylor) for allowing the bear zoos to continue in operation.

It’s understood that the bears cannot be released into the wild. However, they can and should be provided an environment as near to their natural habitat as humanly possible and anything short of that is unconscionable.

As Council Member Diamond Brown admitted, the tribal focus is on the new casino being built in Murphy. That excuse is so lame, and certainly undeserving the proud and ageless heritage of the Cherokee Nation.

David Snell

Dillsboro

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