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  "Ban bear dancing!"
Updated 31 October 2001, 11.27
A dancing bear with his trainer
Forcing bears to dance is considered entertainment in some countries.

Here, 12-year-old Emily reports on why she thinks it should be banned.

"I am disgusted that people think dancing bears is something to laugh about.

I would not call it entertaining. It is very cruel and I think it should be stopped.

A bear being forced to dance
A bear being forced to dance
The poor bears can't help themselves and are forced to do the dancing otherwise they get beaten.

I love animals and it is a real shame that people are using them like objects.

They are living, just like us and should be respected the same way.

It would break my heart

I have never seen a bear dancing and it would break my heart if I did. They treat the bears like they are toys but they are not.

Bears are also sometimes clubbed if they don't dance.

They're trained to dance by being made to stand on hot metal trays while music is played. This makes them dance when they hear music.

Dirty and nasty

I think making bears dance is so dirty and nasty it really should be banned and never heard of again.

So should other animal cruelty. Is really sad and very cruel - I want to stop it right away."

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