In bear-baiting, hounds are set on a tethered animal to train their hunting skills. The bears are chained, are often malnourished, and sometimes have had all their claws removed so that they cannot seriously injure the dogs. They can hardly fight back. For years, we have been campaigning for a ban on this cruel practice.
Female bear Kvitka was abused for bear-baiting and kept in a small cage of four square metres. She was only allowed to leave her cage for fights. On 27 June 2018, Kvitka was finally brought from the hunting station in Terebovlya to BEAR SANCTUARY Domazhyr near Lviv.
Kvitka’s ordeal has finally come to an end and she will lead a peaceful life in our species-appropriate BEAR SANCTUARY Domazhyr.
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Urgently required dental surgery
“The years of being kept in a small four square metre cage have left their marks on Kvitka. Her health is generally stable, but her teeth are in a terrible state due to poor nutrition and from biting the metal bars. She also had a complicated fracture on one of her teeth, which was festering and had to be treated at once. This is why we operated immediately after the rescue.”
Veterinarian Marc Gölkel from the Leibniz Institute for Zoo and Wildlife Research (IZW) in Berlin
Surgery went well and the team of veterinarians and animal caretakers will continue caring for Kvitka so that she can adjust to her new home. Once she has recovered from the operation, Kvitka will be able to move into her adaptation enclosure.
Bear-baiting in Ukraine
Although the law has prohibited this cruel practice since 2015, it does not forbid the general keeping of bears on hunting stations. Brown bears are still kept and illegally abused for baiting.
We call for the tightening of the existing law to ensure that the keeping of brown bears on hunting stations, in restaurants and hotels is forbidden, and bears in Ukraine are no longer exposed to such suffering. Recently, FOUR PAWS handed over 100,000 signatures to the Ukrainian government gathered by a petition to prohibit bear-keeping on hunting stations.