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Bear Captivity in Ukraine



© FOUR PAWS | Mihai Vasile

The gruesome practice of bear-baiting

Although the use of bears in bear baiting has been illegal since 2015, around 15 to 20 bears still suffer this torture. The bears are attacked by hunting dogs as part of the dogs’ training. They are hardly able to defend themselves. They are chained, often underfed and in some cases, all their claws are removed so that they cannot seriously injure the dogs. The pulling out of a single claw causes excruciating pain. As with many other animals, there are many nerves surrounding a bear’s claws and they are a living part of their body. The pulling out of a claw is comparable to cutting off a human’s fingertip.



More than 100 bears in terrible captivity

In total, we estimate that there are approximately 100 bears in Ukraine that are privately owned and are being exploited for the entertainment of tourists. They eke out a miserable existence in tiny cages near restaurants, hotels, and even gas stations. Their purpose: to attract the attention of human beings. 


FOUR PAWS, active in the Ukraine since 2012

Because of FOUR PAWS’ efforts since 2012, more bears have been freed from a dismal existence and brought to our BEAR SANCTUARY Nadiya, the government-led Bear Center Synevyr, and our BEAR SANCTUARY Domazhyr.

 

Five bears are currently living at our BEAR SANCTUARY Nadiya in Zhytomyr (Western Ukraine). Unfortunately, the sanctuary has reached its capacity, but we are very happy that with our BEAR SANCTUARY Domazhyr we can now finally offer a more species-appropriate life for other bears!


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