Animal rights group condemns 'inhumane' treatment of bear at Russia football game

A video showing a bear performing at a football match in Russia has been condemned by animal rights activists.

The footage shows a circus bear called 'Tim' being paraded before fans at a third-tier match between Mashuk-KMV and Angusht in Pyatigorsk.and clapping in front of them.

The YouTube clip below then shows the bear give the ball to the referee before clapping once more while stood on its hind legs.

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

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.

"Common decency should compel the league to pull this stunt."

Russia will host the World Cup from 14 June and FIFA has denied claims from Angusht that it will be used in the tournament's opening ceremony.

More in this Section

Boys in Green face March mission against SlovakiaBoys in Green face March mission against Slovakia

McCarthy ready to start afresh in MarchMcCarthy ready to start afresh in March

Ireland’s stunning fightback stuns SwedesIreland’s stunning fightback stuns Swedes

Championship 2020 set for West Cork ‘group of death’Championship 2020 set for West Cork ‘group of death’


Lifestyle

Well first and foremost, it depends what type of cold you have, as Prudence Wade discovers.Should you exercise when you’ve got a cold?

Make like a Masterchef contestant with this sophisticated dessert.How to make Marcus Wareing’s milk chocolate, raspberry and thyme tart

Waste not, want not – this one’s all about using things up.How to make Marcus Wareing’s panzanella

With fresh produce in abundance, this Balkan state is becoming a top destination for foodies. Jonjo Maudsley gets stuck in.Get beyond Belgrade to taste the authentic side of Serbia

More From The Irish Examiner