I'm an animal rights attorney who freed a bear from an ice cream shop. AMA.
I was the lead attorney for the Animal Legal Defense Fund in a public nuisance lawsuit against a Pennsylvania ice cream shop to free "Ricky the bear" from small and barren enclosure. The lawsuit generated widespread media coverage, and recently resulted in a settlement where Ricky was sent from her Pennsylvania exhibit to a Colorado sanctuary where she is being rehabilitated for introduction into an expansive fifteen acre home with other bears.
Edit: Thanks for a great conversation! I have to go at 4:00 PM (PT), but keep the questions coming.
Edit 2: Gotta run! Thanks so much for all of the insightful questions. I'll check back a few times this evening to answer more. Don't miss the video of Ricky's rescue.
Edit 4: Thanks for the great conversation, everyone. Goodnight!