Bears in Vietnam

Bears in Vietnam

Abused for bile extraction

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Bears in Ukraine

Bears in Ukraine

Abused as tourist attractions and hunting targets

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Bears in Southeast Europe

Bears in Southeast Europe

Abused as pets and tourist attractions

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Bears in France

Bears in France

Abused for entertainment

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the saddest bears need our help

Bears are still kept in appalling conditions. Their owners often use them for profit. Whether for bile extraction or as tourist attractions – hundreds of bears are exploited and tortured to make money.

our Mission

Our goal is to end the suffering of bears kept in conditions not suited to their species, worldwide. Find out more about the abuse of bears and the work of FOUR PAWS for these animals in Vietnam, Southeast Europe, Ukraine and France.

#SaddestBears in Vietnam

bear farms in vietnam

Bears are kept and abused for bile extraction

#SaddestBears in Southeast Europe

caged bears in Southeast Europe

Many bears are suffering in bad conditions in captivity 

#SaddestBears in Ukraine

Caged bears in Ukraine

Many bears are suffering in bad conditions in captivity 

Bear Michal in his forrmer keeping

Bears in Poland

FOUR PAWS successfully ended the private keeping of bears in 2016

#SaddestBears in France

Abused for entertainment

In France bears are still being made to perform silly tricks



Updates, press releases and background information

Bear Mark

Albania’s last ‘restaurant bear’ is rescued

FOUR PAWS transfers bear Mark to its BEAR SANCTUARY Arbesbach in Austria

Bear in a cage

Bears in Albania

The cruel keeping of bears in captivity nearly set to end

Bear Iva at her old enclosure in North Macedonia

FOUR PAWS transfers rescued bear from North Macedonia to Bulgaria

BEAR SANCTUARY Belitsa welcomes Iva in species-appropriate surroundings 

Bear Sam

Rescue Bears Sam and Jamila

After many years in poor captivity, a new chapter for the brown bears begins

Rescue Bé and Em

Rescue Bear Cubs Bé and Em

Stolen for the illegal wildlife trade, two orphaned bear cubs are safe now

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Meet Some of our rescued bears

Read our success stories

Bear Iva in North Macedonia

Rescue Bear Iva

Trapped for the first 6 years of her life

Bear Vova before rescue

Rescue Bear Vova

No more entertaining – a new life awaits the Ukrainian restaurant bear

7 bile bears rescued

Rescue of 7 Bile Bears

Asiatic black bears La, Lam, Sang, Dua, Khe, Oi and Xoai begin their new lives at BEAR SANCTUARY Ninh Binh 

Asiatic black bear Thu

Rescue Bear Thu

With 15 years of suffering behind her, the Asiatic black bear begins her new life

New life for bears

Our solution

A new life for rescued animals in our bear sanctuaries

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