Bears in Vietnam

Bears in Vietnam

Abused for bile extraction

Read More
Bears in Ukraine

Bears in Ukraine

Abused as tourist attractions and hunting targets

Read More
Bears in Southeast Europe

Bears in Southeast Europe

Abused as pets and tourist attractions

Read More
Bears in France

Bears in France

Abused for entertainment

Read More

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

No more shows – Abuse of bears for entertainment will end in 2023 



Updates, press releases and background information

Bear Vinzenz and Brumca

Achievements for Captive Brown Bears in Europe

Milestones of the #SaddestBears campaign

Bear Show in France

Bears in France

No more abuse of bears for entertainment as of end of 2023

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

See all

join our campaign

What you can do to help bears:

Bear in a cage


Support bears in need

HElp Now
Asiatic Black Bear


Help us put pressure on the Hanoi government to end bear farming for good

Sign Up

Meet Some of our rescued bears

Read our success stories

Bear Mark behind bars

Rescue Bear Mark

After 20 years in a tiny cage, Albania's last restaurant bear is finally free

Bear Soi

Rescue Bear Soi

A fresh start for the young bear after being kept in a tiny cage

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

New life for bears

Our solution

A new life for rescued animals in our bear sanctuaries

Read more


is a FOUR PAWS campaign to help bears. See our other country versions:

United States
Switzerland (FR)

Follow us on:

VIER PFOTEN auf facebook
VIER PFOTEN auf youtube
VIER PFOTEN auf twitter
VIER PFOTEN auf instagram

Press Corner


Our press corner includes the latest international press releases of current animal welfare topics, operations, rescues and much more. 

Are you a journalist? Contact our press team today with your questions and to set up an interview with one of our experts in the field.