Around the world, bears are being abused.
- In Central and Eastern Europe, bears are imprisoned in small cages and made to perform tricks in the name of entertainment. Or are kept as pets in miserable conditions.
- In Vietnam, they are kept in tiny cages under appalling conditions on bear farms, and even though it is forbidden since 2005, their bile is still being extracted for use in traditional medicine.
There is so much cruelty inflicted against these vulnerable animals. They need our help. Together, we can put an end to the suffering of bears in captivity.
Thanks to effective government lobbying, FOUR PAWS has not only ended the cruel training and keeping of dancing bears in Bulgaria and Serbia but also ended keeping of restaurant bears in Kosovo and Albania. In Poland, FOUR PAWS put an end to the illegal private keeping of bears. We can put pressure on other governments to follow their lead.
Together we can give rescued bears a new life in one of the seven FOUR PAWS bear sanctuaries and partner projects located across Europe and Vietnam. We have already rescued over 200 bears since 1998 and over 140 bears are currently living a kinder life in their forever sanctuary home. They are feeling the grass under their paws, climbing mountains and playing in forests. They are bears again.
With your help, we want to help further bears in need and end their suffering for good.
Join our movement and become a Paw Pal for the #saddestbears.
The more people that are behind our movement to end cruelty to bears, the more likely the captivity of bears and the cruel practices that are inflicted on them can end.
The abuse of bears is reaching a tipping point, with positive momentum to end decades-long practices of abuse. Paw Pals will be crucial to not only adding even more momentum to this movement, but to protecting the future of bears.
FOUR PAWS has been fighting for bears for over 25 years, with great success along the way. We have the experience, the know-how, and the commitment to see this through.