caged bears in southeast europe abused as pets and tourist attractions
FOUR PAWS estimates that hundreds of bears are still kept in captivity in Europe, some of them in the most appalling conditions. In Southeast Europe in particular they are often held in cages that are far too small, badly structured and inadequately equipped. Not only circuses and private owners keep animals in conditions not suited to their species, many zoos and animal parks do not fulfil the minimum standards for keeping wildlife as set out in the EU Zoos Directive.
FOUR PAWS aims to permanently improve the situation of captive brown bears in countries like Albania, Bulgaria, North Macedonia and Serbia.
overview of four paws help for bears in southeast europe
FOUR PAWS has already helped many bears in Southeast Europe and rescued some of them from catastrophic conditions. So far FOUR PAWS successfully ended the cruel practice of keeping dancing bears in Bulgaria and Serbia, and the illegal private keeping of bears outside of restaurants in Kosovo. Thanks to initiative of FOUR PAWS and other animal welfare organisations, also the keeping of bears outside of restaurants in Albania has nearly come to an end. Recently we at FOUR PAWS decided to widen our focus and to help also bears in need in North Macedonia.
A new life for rescued animals in our bear sanctuaries