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>> A stunt at a Russian soccer match has drawn world wide attention for all the wrong reasons. A local team used a circus bear to open their game over the weekend. Rousing the audience and handing the ball to the referee before the match between the two third tier teams.
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After going viral it was quickly slammed by animal rights groups. He called the act pure cruelty.>> These are wild animals, they're not domesticated. So anything that you see them doing, be it in this case, in the stadium, or in the circus, it's because it's probably endured some very brutal training.
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We don't know the specifics of this particular bear, but often this type of training would include beatings, whippings, to force the bear to perform in a certain way. So what the public would see in a circus or in the stadium, is not a true reflection of what this poor animal has had to go through.
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>> The video is badly timed for Russia as it prepares to host the World Cup this summer. The soccer club had said the bear would perform at the opening ceremony, a claim soccer governing body FIFA denies.