Russian bear stunt condemned by animal welfare group PETA

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The animal, named "Tim", was led out on a leash ahead of the match between Mashuk-KMV and Angusht. The trained bear arrived at the stadium wearing a muzzle, sat down on his hind legs at the grandstand and clapped multiple times.

The arena announcer claimed the bear, called Tina, could take part on the planet Cup'service opening in Moscow in June.

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While responding to the incident, the animal welfare group as termed the act as "inhumane and shocking" arguing that the rights of the animal were trampled upon in the process.

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"In addition to being inhumane and utterly out of touch, using a bear as a captive servant to deliver a football is downright risky", Allen said.

"The bear is the symbol of Russian Federation, so we hope the country's people will show some compassion and national pride and stop abusing them".

"While some supposedly find this depressing scene "entertaining" there is nothing at all light-hearted about this kind of abuse", Brian da Cal, country director of Four Paws UK, added.

"Bears, like most wild animals, are highly unpredictable and people around the world have been mauled or attacked by these animals, underlining that show business is no career for a wild animal".

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