Jim Mack's Ice Cream is an ice cream parlor, miniature golf course and animal enclosure. An employee told The Dodo that McDaniel was not in on Wednesday and declined to give another number to reach him. But the York Daily Record reports that in 2011, he defended Ricky's captivity, saying:
"She is definitely not mistreated. It wouldn't make sense to mistreat her ... She's the star of the show."
Other animal advocates agree with the ALDF's plea for Ricky's retirement. A petition calling on customers to boycott the store has already gained more than 6,000 signatures.
"The conditions for Ricky the bear at Jim Mack's Ice Cream are grossly inhumane," Debbie Leahy, captive wildlife manager at The Humane Society of the United States, told The Dodo. "Bears are highly intelligent, active animals, and Ricky has nothing to do but pace in a small concrete cage and wait for customers to toss her some food."
Leahy said that Ricky should be relocated to an accredited sanctuary, a place where she could express normal behaviors and receive care from professionals.