CHOMAN, Kurdistan Region — Six hand-raised Asiatic brown bears were set free on Monday in the wilds of Halgord National Park, a wildlife sanctuary north of the Kurdistan Region. 
The bears had been working animals, forced to perform tricks like dancing and languished inside uncomfortable cages for much of their life, according to the Kurdish-American Organisation which secured their release.
“They were being kept in very poor and inhumane conditions in different places across the Kurdistan Region. The owners made money by showing them to the public or simply making them dance,” said Bilind Birifkani, head of the Kurdish-American organisation, a joint venture that promotes friendly ties between Kurdistan and the US.
After their release, however the bears took tentative steps into their comfortable new enclosures, clean and complete with baths and greenery in the Halgord mountaintops covered with snow which the organisers said the bears had deeply longed for.
“The nature …