Save Romania’s Bears
There is a time and a place for everything. For every purpose under Heaven, as both the Bible and that song by The Byrds tell us. Turn, turn, turn. For example, I am a staunch environmentalist and animal advocate. No, I’m not a PETA person; they do some good things, but those folks at PETA are also a little off their collective rocker. I’m more ASPCA. I’m more Greenpeace. I could go on and on all day on environmental causes. The topic is certainly important enough, I think. But I realize that you come here to read about vampires, or about things that I deem might be of interest to vampire fans. You may be environmentally-conscious yourself. I hope that you are. But this isn’t the place for that sort of thing.
This article, then, is something of a departure for me. As it concerns the animals of Romania, bears in particular, and Romania is, as we all know, the homeland of Dracula and of vampires in general, to a large extent, I figure the connection is strong enough that it is appropriate to mention it on a site dedicated to vampires. After suffering for decades as a Communist block country, it’s a little miraculous that Romania still retains so much of its natural beauty. We talked about that just last week, as I recall. I would ask you to each consider signing this petition to the Romanian government, asking them to free some captive bears being held in squalor at a private facility in Fantanale. Held illegally, I might add. Ask the Romanian government to send the bears to an appropriate sanctuary where they will be properly cared for. It’s what Dracula would do. (Okay, yeah, Dracula would just impale the bears’ captors on stakes, but we can’t do THAT, unfortunately.)