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

Our work at a glance

Cruel keeping of bears in captivity

HELP FOR BEARS IN ALBANIA

The cruel keeping of bears in captivity nearly set to end

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Bear in a cage in Serbia

HELP FOR BEARS IN SERBIA

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

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Bear in captivity in Croatia

HELP FOR BEARS IN CROATIA

Ministry has broken the agreement to end the illegal keeping of bears in captivity

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Bear

Further activities for captive bears:

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. Furthermore, thanks to initiative of FOUR PAWS and other animal welfare organisations, the number of illegally kept bears in Albania decreased significantly. In the near future, we at FOUR PAWS want to widen our focus and help also bears in need in countries such as North Macedonia and Montenegro.

our solution

A new life for rescued animals in our bear sanctuaries

Bear Pashuk at BEAR SANCTUARY Prishtina

BEAR SANCTUARY Prishtina

A FOUR PAWS project in Kosovo since 2013

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Bear Standy at DANCING BEARS PARK Belitsa

DANCING BEARS PARK Belitsa

A FOUR PAWS cooperation project in Bulgaria since 2000

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Bear in sanctuary

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