In May 2016, the foundation stone was laid for one of our youngest bear sanctuaries close to the Ukrainian city of Lviv (Lemberg): BEAR SANCTUARY Domazhyr. The first construction phase, covering 7.7 hectares, was completed in autumn 2017. BEAR SANCTUARY Domazhyr will be extended in coming years to include further enclosures. The long-term plan is to create space for up to 30 bears now kept in conditions not appropriate for these animals.
Bear-baiting banned since 2015
Bear- baiting is a practice used by hunters to train hunting dogs to sniff out, corral, trap and kill bears. To do this, bears are tied up daily by a chain around their neck with minimal capacity, if any, to defend themselves against dogs that attack them.
After training, the bears are confined to small, dismal cages. They're deprived of any quality of life and standard of care. The next day this vicious cycle repeats itself despite any wounds sustained from the previous day.
Although bear baiting has been outlawed, it still continues illegally.
BEAR SANCTUARY Domazhyr represents an important step to end bear- baiting. By housing the last fighting bears at BEAR SANCTUARY Domazhyr, FOUR PAWS – with the support of the Ukrainian authorities – hopes to end this cruel practice once and for all.
On the basis of our initiative, a new animal welfare law was adopted in 2015. Since then, forcing wolves or bears to fight dogs is prohibited.
FOUR PAWS freed Kvitka from a cage at a hunting station in the Ukraine.
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