In May 2016, the foundation stone was laid for one of our youngest bear forests close to the Ukranian city of Lviv (Lemberg): the BEAR SANCTUARY Domazhyr. The first construction phase, covering 7.7 hectares, was completed in autumn 2017. Since then, seven 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. 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.