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Bob Barker pleads to Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians

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ASHEVILLE, N.C. — Former game show host and longtime animal rights activist Bob Barker hopes to convince the principal chief of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians to quit displaying bears in pits and cages.

Barker met Tuesday with Chief Michell Hicks to discuss the use of bears as tourist attractions in Cherokee. Debbie Leahy of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals accompanied him.

Barker will discuss the meeting at a news conference schedule for Wednesday morning in Asheville. He wrote to Hicks in June asking that he close bear pits at three locations.

Hicks told the Asheville Citizen-Times that the tribe follows federal regulations in caring for the bears. Barker says the bear pits are inhumane.

Barker is part American Indian and grew up on the Rosebud Indian Reservation in South Dakota.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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ASHEVILLE, N.C. — Former game show host and longtime animal rights activist Bob Barker hopes to convince the principal chief of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians to quit displaying bears in pits and cages.

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