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Alec Baldwin fronts PETA's campaign to end the suffering of captive bears

By Emily Heil, stuff.co.nz

827 days ago   Article ID# 3888333
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People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals

WELLINGTON, NEW ZEALAND (stuff.co.nz) - Alec Baldwin has an unusual idea for ending cruelty toward bears in captivity: Maybe give them guns?

"People talk about the right to bear arms," the actor says in a new video for the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals that shows footage of bears held in cramped pits, where they suffer from disease and distress.

(Right? Surely, he does not think that handing deadly weapons to animals is a great idea, though it does sound like the premise of a TV show that his 30 Rock character, Jack Donaghy, would have green-lighted). But Baldwin is making a point.

In the video and in a letter to the Agriculture Department, the self-proclaimed animal activist asks that people stay away from roadside zoos and shows that use "bear pits" and that the government ban the method of confinement.

"The USDA has an ethical and statutory obligation to ensure that exhibited bears are treated humanely, and until it does, bears languishing in concrete pits will continue to pay the price," Baldwin wrote to Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack.

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