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Unfortunately, not every bear gets to live freely in the wild: many are forced to perform in circuses, are kept as baiting bears that must fight to survive or must pose for selfies with tourists. These bears are  regarded as a lucrative source of income for their owners, and are often kept in terrible conditions. Worldwide, there are many forms of cruel bear keeping and abuse, and it is our task to intervene.

FOUR PAWS calls for the improvement

of legal standards regarding keeping conditions in certified zoological facilities and sanctuaries and demands a ban on other forms of captivity. Devising solutions for unwanted and illegally kept bears and other wild animals plays a crucial role in our work.

Wild Animals in Zoos

Wild Animals in Zoos

Problem zone - Eastern Europe

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Bear performing in a circus

WILD ANIMALS IN CIRCUSES

Animal suffering on tour

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Animal Welfare and Tourism

Selfies taken with bears in chains, on the back of an elephant or petting lion cubs. Animal welfare should not stop on holiday

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support our campaigns! 

Help us to end the keeping of bears in conditions unsuited to the species

saddest bears in vietnam

FOUR PAWS fights for bile bears

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Bears in Southeast Europe

FOUR PAWS aims to permanently improve the situation of brown bears

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bears in ukraine

Bears are still being illegally abused as fighting bears

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Abused for entertainment

In France bears are still being made to perform silly tricks

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Bear in a cage

Saddest Bears Initiative

Questions and Answers

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our bear sanctuaries

We provide species-appropriate homes for rescued bears all over the world.

BEAR SANCTUARY Arbesbach

BEAR SANCTUARY Arbesbach

An animal-friendly home for abused bears since 1998

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Arosa Bear Sanctuary

Arosa Bear Sanctuary

The first bear sanctuary in Switzerland

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Bear at BEAR SANCTUARY Ninh Binh

BEAR SANCTUARY Ninh Binh

A new home for former bile bears in Vietnam

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BEAR SANCTUARY Prishtina

BEAR SANCTUARY Prishtina

The FOUR PAWS BEAR SANCTUARY in Kosovo 

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BEAR SANCTUARY Domazhyr

BEAR SANCTUARY Domazhyr

The FOUR PAWS BEAR SANCTUARY in Ukraine 

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DANCING BEARS PARK Belitsa

DANCING BEARS PARK Belitsa

A safe haven for former dancing bears in Bulgaria

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BEAR SANCTUARY Müritz

BEAR SANCTUARY Müritz

The biggest bear sanctuary in Western Europe

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FoUR PAWS rescues

Stories about bears we freed from captivity

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