Two Bears Kept in Complete Darkness for 17 Years Rescued | 22 Words

Sadly, there are people in our world who find amusement from being cruel to animals and it is truly sickening. But news of a pair of bears who had been kept in complete darkness for seventeen years has well and truly shaken the internet.

The photos are utterly heartbreaking...

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It's a sad reality that animal cruelty continuously happens all around the world.

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There are individuals out there who think it is acceptable to inflict cruelty and harm upon innocent animals, and this is not okay.

Some people just aren't fit to own pets or be around animals...

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Animal cruelty and abuse comes in many different forms, and even the hoarding of animals is considered a form of animal cruelty.

People who are found guilty of animal cruelty are usually just banned from keeping animals...

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When they should be punished for what they have done.

But often, it isn't as simple as this...

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And cruelty can be inflicted on not only domestic animals, but also on wild animals.

One of the biggest problems with the cruelty of wild animals is the entertainment industry.

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Circuses traditionally used wild animals as performance props, and it was realized a few years ago that this treatment is not okay.

These poor, unwilling animals spend their lives in fear...

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They are forced to perform tricks and they live in inhumane conditions, causing a lot of fear and stress.

Despite an animal's constant distress and pain...

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The companies behind these circuses care about nothing but the profits, so sadly, many circus animals will eventually die in these makeshift prison cells.

Even though many circuses now ban the use of wild animals...

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There are still companies around the world who continue to use wild animals against their will.

Bears are a popular animal to be used for entertainment...

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And it's no secret that they are treated appallingly during their sad lives in the circus.

These poor bears will spend their lives in cages...

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And according to PETA, they are forced to constantly stand on their back 2 paws - which is physically painful for these creatures who are used to using all 4 paws.

This constant pain and stress causes a lot of mental strain...

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And many bears end up completely losing their minds from constant performing and abuse.

It is truly heartbreaking...

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And it is beyond us how anybody in the world can justify the abuse of these innocent animals who belong in the wild.

But a new story has gone viral recently...

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And it's shaken the internet to its core.

2 bears have been rescued from an illegal bile farm in Vietnam.

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Heartbreakingly, the 2 bears had never even seen daylight.

It's reported the pair had been there since at least 2004.

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Which is absolutely horrifying.

They were rescued by charity the Four Paws, who were horrified at the conditions the 2 bears were living in.

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The area lacked proper ventilation and the cages were said to be filthy.

Both bears now face a long road to recovery.

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But at least they're no longer trapped in these vile conditions.