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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.

WSPA launches new website to educate Traditional Asian Medicine users on bear farming
More than 12,000 endangered Asiatic black bears are cruelly confined in bear farms, facilities at which many are kept in tiny cages and their bile is regularly extracted and sold for use in Traditional Asian Medicine (TAM).

WSPA urges Vietnam to stay on track to end bears suffering in bear farms
The fate of 80 illegally held and endangered Asiatic Black bears hangs in the balance as Vietnamese Authorities decide whether or not to remove them from cruel bear farms.

South Korean government to consider ending bear farming
Even bear farmers in South Korea acknowledge that their farms are losing money and they are prepared to consider a phase out.

Major partnership to stop bear farming in Asia
The World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA) is delighted to announce a new partnership with the Calvin Ayre Foundation, which has agreed to support WSPA’s campaign to end the cruel practice of farming Asian bears for their bile.

Romania’s 52nd bear is rescued
They have safely moved him to the Zarnesti bear sanctuary, where he will now live alongside five other young bears.

Sun bear added to Red List of Threatened Species
In addition to their numbers falling rapidly in the wild, tens of thousands endure pain and suffering in bear farms across south east Asia and by being forced to dance and fight for human entertainment.

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.

WSPA and Animal Planet take on the illegal wildlife trade
The final programme in the series – airing on Animal Planet on Sunday 4th November at 10pm – focuses on the cruel practice of bear farming and the illegal trade of products containing bear bile, particularly those found in Traditional Asian Medicines, or TAM. WSPA continues working to highlight the suffering of bears on bear farms using innovative and ground-breaking tactics.

New Report from Vietnam Exposes Ongoing use of Bear Bile
Bear bile is still widely available in the country, where approximately 3,600 bears continue to be kept under terrible conditions in bear “farms, which also prohibited by Vietnamese law since 2005.

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.

WSPA urges G8 leaders to start serving humane and sustainable farming
As outlined in our recent report – Industrial Animal Agriculture – Part of the poverty problem –industrial agriculture is not only responsible for the suffering of billions of animals around the world, is also a key part of the poverty problem.

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