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bear sanctuary DOMAZHYR

13.6.2018

The FOUR PAWS BEAR SANCTUARY in Ukraine 

In May 2016, the foundation stone was laid for one of our youngest bear sanctuaries close to the Ukrainian city of Lviv (Lemberg): the BEAR SANCTUARY Domazhyr. The first construction phase, covering 7.7 hectares, was completed in autumn 2017. Since then, eight bears have already found a new home in the BEAR SANCTUARY Domazhyr. The BEAR SANCTUARY Domazhyr will be extended in coming years to include further enclosures. The long-term plan is to create space for up to 30 bears now kept in conditions not appropriate for these animals. 

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Bear-baiting banned since 2015

The construction of the BEAR SANCTUARY Domazhyr represents an important step in stopping the keeping of bears for bear-baiting and improving the conditions of bears held in captivity in Ukraine. On the basis of our initiative, a new animal welfare law was adopted in 2015. Since then, forcing either wolves or bears to become fighting dogs has been prohibited. But bear-baiting continues illegally as it’s still allowed to keep bears on hunting stations.  By housing the last fighting bears in the BEAR SANCTUARY Domazhyr, FOUR PAWS – with the support of the Ukrainian authorities – aims to put an end to this cruel practice once and for all. 

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