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Bears are native to every continent in the world except Australia and New Zealand. Sadly today, 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. 

Bear in a cage and used for bile extraction in Vietnam

Bear farming in vietnam

FOUR PAWS campaigns to end the cruel use of bears for their bile

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Bear in a cage in the Ukraine

The suffering of Baiting bears

FOUR PAWS campaigns against illegal bear-baiting in Ukraine and rescues former baiting bears

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Bear in cage next to a restaurant in Albania

restaurant bears in albania

Saddest bears Albania: FOUR PAWS campaigns for an end to the cruel keeping of bears

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Worldwide, there are many forms of cruel bear exploitation and abuse, and it is our task to intervene. Help us to end the keeping of bears in conditions unsuited to the species and support our campaigns and missions to Save the Saddest Bears! 

our bear sanctuaries

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

Bear Erich at BEAR SANCTUARY Arbesbach

BEAR SANCTUARY Arbesbach

A FOUR PAWS project for abused bears in Austria since 1998

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Arosa Bear Sanctuary

The first bear sanctuary in Switzerland

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Bear Cuc BEAR SANCTUARY Ninh Binh

BEAR SANCTUARY Ninh Binh

A FOUR PAWS project in Vietnam since 2017

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Bear Pashuk at BEAR SANCTUARY Prishtina

BEAR SANCTUARY Prishtina

A FOUR PAWS project in Kosovo since 2013

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Bear Ruta taking a bath at BEAR SANCTUARY Domazhyr

BEAR SANCTUARY Domazhyr

The FOUR PAWS forever home for abused brown bears in the  Ukraine since 2016

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Bear Standy at DANCING BEARS PARK Belitsa

DANCING BEARS PARK Belitsa

A FOUR PAWS cooperation project in Bulgaria since 2000

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Bear Luna at BEAR SANCTUARY Müritz

BEAR SANCTUARY Müritz

A FOUR PAWS project in Germany since 2006

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FoUR PAWS rescues

Stories about bears we freed from captivity

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