Bears in Vietnam

Bears in Vietnam

Abused for bile extraction

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Bears in Ukraine

Bears in Ukraine

Abused as tourist attractions and hunting targets

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Bears in Southeast Europe

Bears in Southeast Europe

Abused as pets and tourist attractions

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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

Bears are suffering as tourist attractions and as pets 

#SaddestBears in Ukraine

Caged bears in Ukraine

Many bears are suffering in terrible conditions in captivity 

Bear Michal in his forrmer keeping

Bears in Poland

FOUR PAWS successfully ended the private keeping of bears in 2016



Updates, press releases and background information

Citizens Call on Vietnam to Protect Bears in Hanoi

World Animal Protection US and FOUR PAWS to deliver joint letter to embassy in DC

Rescue Bé and Em

Rescue Bé and Em

Stolen for the illegal wildlife trade, two orphaned bear cubs are safe now

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Meet Some of our rescued bears

Read our success stories

Bear Vova before rescue

Rescue Vova

No more entertaining – a new life awaits the Ukrainian restaurant bear

Bear Thi

Rescue Nine Bile Bears

From life behind bars to paradise: Almost two decades in captivity are over

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 

Tu Do in the cage she was kept

Rescue Tu Do

The last bile bear in Son La province is finally rescued

Asiatic black bear Thu

Rescue Thu

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

New life for bears

Our solution

A new life for rescued animals in our bear sanctuaries

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