Because local efforts to convince the owner of the restaurant to surrender the bears have failed, IAR has gotten involved in hopes that a more global voice, thousands strong, might convince him. The organization has offered to relocate the bears to a sanctuary and provide them with medical care. And a petition has been started where people can add their voices to the call for freeing the animals.
"We’re urging everyone to sign and share the petition calling on the restaurant owner to do the right thing and give up the bears," Knight said. "Once we do get the go-ahead to rescue them, we can move them to our center where they will be treated with kindness and compassion."