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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, training hunting dogs 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, Albania and Ukraine.

#SaddestBears in Vietnam

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Bears are kept and abused for bile extraction

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#SaddestBears in Southeast Europe

caged bears in Southeast Europe

Many bears are suffering in bad conditions in captivity 

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#SaddestBears in Ukraine

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Bears are held and tormented for training hunting dogs

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Success stories, updates, press releases and background information

Rescue Leo and Melanka

Rescue Leo and Melanka

The 'Presidential bears' rescued after 14 long years in a barren cage


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Rescue Anya and Frankie

Rescue Anya and Frankie

A long life of happiness awaits them


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FOUR PAWS rescues two bear cubs from illegal wildlife trade in Vietnam

FOUR PAWS rescues two bear cubs from illegal wildlife trade in Vietnam

The cubs arrived at BEAR SANCTUARY Ninh Binh days before Vietnam announces ban on all wildlife trade


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Breaking News: Vietnam’s issues directive to ban all wildlife trade in reaction to COVID-19! 

Vietnam has banned the import of wild animals and their parts and banned the sale of wild animals and their parts within the country. 


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FOUR PAWS rescues bear cub from illegal wildlife trade in Vietnam

Cub Mochi finds a species-appropriate home at BEAR SANCTUARY Ninh Binh


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Cuc and Nhai, a life behind bars

Rescue Daisy and Jasmine

After 18 years behind bars, Daisy and Jasmine get rescued to a new life


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Rescued From 18 Years in a Cage

2 Bears Rescued in Vietnam Amidst COVID-19 pandemic


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Bear rescue Vietnam amidst COVID-19 pandemic

Bear rescue amidst COVID-19 pandemic

FOUR PAWS provides species-appropriate home for two bears in Vietnam


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Bear Ben in a tiny cage

Rescue Ben

He suffered almost three decades in a tiny, filthy cage


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is a FOUR PAWS campaign to help bears. See our other country versions:

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