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

Brown bear family rescued after years as hotel entertainment in Ukraine

Brown bear family rescued after years as hotel entertainment in Ukraine

FOUR PAWS has transferred two adult bears and their cub to BEAR SANCTUARY Domazhyr

Asiatic black bear in a cage

Vietnam’s #1 Bear Bile Farming Hotspot: Hanoi

Support FOUR PAWS to save the saddest bears

17 years in a dark, windowless basement

17 years in a dark, windowless basement

FOUR PAWS rescues two former bile bears in Vietnam

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Meet Some of our rescued bears

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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 Thu

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

Rescue Frol and Frosia

Rescue Frol and Frosia

Born for entertainment, these two restaurant bears knew no different – now they begin a new life! 

Rescue Leo and Melanka

Rescue Leo and Melanka

The 'Presidential bears' rescued after 14 long years in a barren cage

New life for bears

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A new life for rescued animals in our bear sanctuaries

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