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Bear cub rehabilitation
But over a number of years, rehabilitation and release programs have proved themselves a viable alternative. Gathering and disseminating expert information for use by specialists, with the aim of creating a worldwide rehabilitation and release network.

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WSPA and our local partner organization, the Bioresource Research Center (BRC), have been working to bring an end to the cruel sport of bear baiting for over a decade.

Rehabilitation and release: keeping bears wild
Convincing authorities and the public that orphaned cubs can be returned to the wild. This footage shows the area where orphaned cubs learn life skills and prepare for a life in the wild.

Rehabilitation and release
Convincing authorities and the public that orphaned cubs can be returned to the wild. This footage shows the area where orphaned cubs learn life skills and prepare for a life in the wild.

Bear baiting
The bears are owned by Kalanders – traditional bear owners –who are paid by the landlords to bring the bears to fight.

Dancing bears
WSPA-funded research suggests over 400 bears in India are living out their days dragged from village to village "dancing" for audiences. Illegally poached as cubs, dancing bears endure a lifetime of physical and mental distress.

Towards a new life: ending bear dancing in India together
Despite 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.

The life of a dancing bear
Many bear cubs die from neglect and dehydration before they can be sold to Kalandars, India’s traditional dancing bear owners.

Project makes new lives for people and bears
Dancing bears suffer greatly and for two years WSPA and WTI have been working to rescue the sloth bears involved in this cruel tradition, which has been against the law in India since 1998.

Bear sanctuaries
Rescued or confiscated bears may be unable to adapt to a life in the wild. For these animals the best option is a forested sanctuary in which they can behave as naturally as possible.

A savage blood sport
Imagine a bear, tethered to a post, set upon by up to four frenzied dogs. This is when the bear’s face and neck become vulnerable to the dogs’ teeth.

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A recent WSPA video investigation has revealed that one of the holiday's most popular symbols - the reindeer - is being subjected to immense suffering in large-scale round-ups and slaughter in Sweden and Finland.

Japanese bear parks
Japan’s bear parks were originally set up to care for orphaned wild black and brown bears. WSPA is working with member society JANET to increase pressure on Japan’s bear park owners to improve their welfare standards or face being shut down.

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