Performing bear at Russian match is 'inhumane' - animal welfare groups

Did a bear just do a trial run for opening World Cup in Russia

Did a bear just do a trial run for opening World Cup in Russia

In a widely circulated video, the bear is seen standing on his hind legs while clapping to fans.

"In addition to being inhumane and utterly out of touch, using a bear as a captive servant to deliver a football is downright unsafe", Allen said.

"In addition to being inhumane and utterly out of touch, using a bear as a captive servant to deliver a football is downright unsafe".

"The bear is the symbol of Russian Federation, so we hope the country's people will show some compassion and national pride and stop abusing them". The manager of the club that arranged for the bear to perform says it was borrowed from a traveling circus and that the Russian Football Union approved the stunt.

Forget all the question marks over Russian Federation hosting this year's World Cup, they've found the answer in getting everyone's attention away from unfinished stadiums and political dramas - all they need is more bears.

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"While some supposedly find this depressing scene "entertaining" there is nothing at all light-hearted about this kind of abuse", Brian da Cal, country director of Four Paws UK, added.

With Russia set to host the next edition of FIFA World Cup beginning in June, this incident has tarnished the image of the country a bit.

She said that bears are wild and their hnadlers should always take note of their needs.

On the plus side, the U.S. haven't qualified, so at least those particular tensions are one less thing to worry about.

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