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Listen to an interview with WSPA's bear expert!
Listen to an interview with WSPA's bear expert! Watkins discussed his and WSPA's work to rescue bears from cruelty and exploitation, as well as the welfare needs still facing bears today.

Find out the latest on welfare issues facing bears around the world
The IBA conference provides bear experts (organizations and academics) with a platform to share their knowledge of issues facing bears around the world, to encourage best practice and deliver solutions.

Three surviving bears rescued from Pakistan floods
Residents of the villages surrounding the Kund Park sanctuary spotted these bears and alerted BRC staff to their presence. Despite the inaccessible roads and vague information on the location of the bears, staff from BRC bravely ventured into the flooded areas in search of these bears.

More good news for Vietnam's bears
This is a great sign that the government is sticking to its commitment to phase out bear bile farms in Vietnam and ensure that no more bears are introduced into this cruel industry.

So nearly the last dance
Despite recent reports that bear dancing has been completely eradicated from India, a lot of work still needs to be done before we can truly celebrate the end of this cruel practice; more bears remain in need of rescue.

Local networking saves bears from cruel contest
WSPA and PBRC’s local networking program enabled them to enlist support against the powerful landlords who arranged the event.

Balkasar open for bears: Pakistan’s new WSPA-funded bear sanctuary
The sanctuary will also provide a refuge for the remaining 60-70 Asian black bears in Pakistan who are still being used in bear baiting, a cruel and illegal blood sport.

WSPA moves new resident to bear sanctuary
Talks began at the wildlife department of moving Maylu to a zoo – at this point WSPA heard about Maylu and quickly set the wheels in motion to receive the bear into the renowned Kund Park Bear Sanctuary.

Four bears saved in latest local network success
The network includes former organizers of bear baiting events – locally influential people who have been convinced to give up this bloody sport and support our work.

Bear park visitors unaware of cruelty
A recent poll of visitors to Japan's bear parks stated that they were unaware of how the bears suffered, and that they would not have visited if they had been aware.

A convert from cruelty: former baiter gives up last bear
BRC’s effective local landlord networking approach had convinced Sufi Muhammad Rafique – once one of the most determined bear baiting organizers in Sindh province – to turn his back on this brutal sport in 2005.

A boost for black bear rescue in Tennessee
Each year, black bears from our national parks and surrounding areas are orphaned, injured or in need of medical care.

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