Performing bear at Russian match is ‘inhumane’ – animal welfare groups
Footage of a bear performing in front of fans before a Russian league match has been condemned as “shocking and inhumane” by animal welfare groups.
A YouTube video showed circus bear ‘Tim’ hand the ball to the referee before the third-tier game between Mashuk-KMV and Angusht in Pyatigorsk.
The bear is then seen clapping to fans while stood on his hind legs.
Fifa denied claims from the away side that the bear was to be used in the opening ceremony of the World Cup.