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.
The bears are owned by Kalanders – traditional bear owners –who are paid by the landlords to bring the bears to fight.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
More than 12,000 bears are suffering desperately cruel conditions in Asia’s bear farms. They are confined so bile can be extracted from their gall bladders and sold for use in some Traditional Asian Medicine.
As man demands access to ever more land, many bear populations find themselves living in close proximity to humans and human food sources.
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.
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