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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 brown bears in countries like Albania, Serbia and Croatia. 

overview of four paws help for bears in southeast europe

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HELP FOR BEARS IN ALBANIA

FOUR PAWS working to end the cruel keeping of bears in captivity 

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HELP FOR BEARS IN SERBIA

FOUR PAWS committed to improving the living conditions of bears in captivity

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HELP FOR BEARS IN CROATIA

FOUR PAWS aims to end the illegal keeping of bears in captivity

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FOUR PAWS has already helped many bears in Southeast Europe, and rescued some of them from catastrophic conditions. 

Together with the government of Kosovo, we have been able to rescue all the 'restaurant bears' in the country and accommodate them in our BEAR SANCTUARY Prishtina. FOUR PAWS has put an end to the cruel practice of keeping dancing bears in Bulgaria and Serbia.

our solution

A new life for rescued animals in our bear sanctuaries

Bär Pashuk aus dem BÄRENWALD Prishtina

BEAR SANCTUARY Prishtina

The FOUR PAWS BEAR SANCTUARY in Kosovo 

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DANCING BEARS PARK Belitsa

A safe haven for former dancing bears in Bulgaria

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sanctuaries and cooperation projects of FOUR PAWS

A new homes for rescued animals

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  • about 13,000

    brown bears live in the wild in Southeast Europe

  • > 100

    bears are being kept in captivity

  • < 8 m²

    cage area for an adult bear

  • over 70 bears

    in Southeast Europe have been saved by FOUR PAWS

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