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caged bears in southeast europe are abused as pets and tourist attractions

FOUR PAWS estimates hundreds of bears are still in captivity across Europe, most living in appalling conditions. 

In Southeast Europe, bears are often held in cages that are far too small, poorly constructed and inadequately equipped. 

Circuses and private owners keep animals in conditions that are not suited to their species. Many zoos and animal parks do not fulfill the minimum standards for keeping wildlife determined in the EU Zoos Directive... but the suffering is not just limited to these situations.

FOUR PAWS aims to permanently improve the situation of brown bears in countries like Albania, Serbia and Croatia. 

overview of four paws helping bears in southeast europe

Our work at a glance

Cruel keeping of bears in captivity

HELP FOR BEARS IN ALBANIA

The cruel keeping of bears in captivity nearly set to end

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Bear in a cage in Serbia

HELP FOR BEARS IN SERBIA

FOUR PAWS committed to improving the living conditions of bears in captivity

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Bear in captivity in Croatia

HELP FOR BEARS IN CROATIA

Ministry has broken the agreement to end the illegal keeping of bears in captivity

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Bear

FOUR PAWS has already helped many bears in Southeast Europe, rescuing them from catastrophic conditions. 

Together with the Kosovo government, we have been able to rescue every 'restaurant bear' in the country and accommodated them in our BEAR SANCTUARY Prishtina. FOUR PAWS has put an end to the cruel practice of keeping dancing bears in Bulgaria and Serbia.

our solution

A new life for rescued animals in our bear sanctuaries

BEAR SANCTUARY Prishtina

BEAR SANCTUARY Prishtina

A peaceful oasis for bears in Kosovo 

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DANCING BEARS PARK Belitsa

Dancing Bears Park Belitsa

A safe haven for former dancing bears

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Bear in sanctuary

SAve the saddest bears

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