Tragic news hit last week when Rocky — the five-year-old grizzly bear featured in Will Ferrell’s Semi-Pro – fatally bit Stephan Miller, his 39-year-old trainer, at the Predators in Action facility in Big Bear, California.
Now, Rocky’s owner, Randy Miller, is being investigated by the People for The Ethical Treatment of Animals over his actions and whether they helped contribute to the attack. This isn’t the first time PETA has taken an interest in Miller. In fact, last year PETA released inspection reports and other documents proving Miller’s sanctuary and training facility was a poor home for the big cats and other wild animals the acclaimed trainer took in.
Following Tuesday’s tragedy, PETA bosses have re-released those inspection reports, including a U.S. Department of Agriculture report, obtained by PETA, suggesting Miller’s animals were kept in small enclosures with no roofs and cages were damaged and broken. Furthermore, PETA found print ads Miller paid for in 2005′s Animal Finders’ Guide publication, in which he attempted to sell an assortment of big cats and a black bear.
Officials still have yet to decide whether they will euthanize Rocky, but the folks at the American Humane Association feel confident the bear will never work in the business again…um you think?
This horrible tragedy brings up a fairly controversial point: should animals be “exploited” for the sake of entertainment? As a person who strongly believes in the rights of all animals, I say no — but that’s just me. What do you think Ecorazzi readers? Should animals continue to be used in film, television and other entertainment mediums or should this practice be banned? Speak up and tell us what you think!