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Baiting bear Kvitka rescued from Ukrainian hunting station

In bear baiting, hounds are set on a tethered animal, often bears, to train their hunting skills. The bears are chained, often malnourished, and sometimes all claws are removed so they cannot seriously injure the dogs. They can hardly fight back. For years we have been fighting for a ban of this cruel practice.

Female bear Kvitka was abused for bear baiting and was kept in a small 4 m² cage. She was only allowed to leave her small cage to fight dogs in the so-called “bear baiting”. On June 27th, Kvitka was brought from the hunting station in Terebovlya to BEAR SANCTUARY Domazhyr, near Lviv. 

Kvitka’s ordeal has finally come to an end and she will lead a peaceful life in our species-appropriate BEAR SANCTUARY Domazhyr

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Urgently required dental surgery

“The years of being kept in a small 4 m² cage have left their marks on Kvitka. Her health is generally stable, but her teeth are in a terrible state due to poor nutrition and from biting the metal bars. She also had a complicated fracture on one of her teeth, which was festering and had to be treated at once. This is why we operated immediately after the rescue.”

Veterinarian Marc Gölkel from the Leibniz Institute for Zoo and Wildlife Research (IZW) in Berlin

The surgery went well and the team of veterinarians and animal caretakers will continue caring for Kvitka so she can adjust in her new home. Once she has recovered from the operation, Kvitka will be able to move into her adaption enclosure.

Bear baiting in Ukraine

Although the law prohibits this cruel practice since 2015, it does not forbid the general keeping of bears on hunting stations. Brown bears are still kept and illegally abused for baiting.

We call for a tightening of the existing law to ensure that in the future, the keeping of brown bears on hunting stations, in restaurants or hotels is forbidden and that no bears in Ukraine are exposed to such suffering anymore. Recently FOUR PAWS handed over 100,000 signatures to the Ukrainian government from a petition seeking to prohibit bear keeping on hunting stations.

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Her health status is stable so far but her life behind bars has left its marks. 

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