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Save the saddest bears in Ukraine

While the use of bears in dogfights has been illegal since 2015 in Ukraine, hundreds of bears still suffer in terrible conditions for the entertainment of paying customers. Confined to cages in restaurants, hotels or gas stations, these bears live miserable and lonely lives. Among the most mistreated are the so-called baiting bears.

Held in tiny and filthy cages, baiting bears are only let out when they are used to train hunting dogs. Attached to a short leash, they are supposed to fight off vicious dogs in preparation for a hunt. The bears have no defense what so ever, as they are leashed and often had their teeth and claws removed as to not injure the dogs. The stress these bears feel is unimaginable. Spending their days in filthy cages, their rare moments on grass should be joyous for them, yet they are hounded and tortured for blood sports.

Unfortunately, Legislative proposal Nr. 6598 (a bill which would ban the keeping of bears on hunting stations, in restaurants, hotels and other leisure facilities) has been rejected by the Ukrainian parliament. However, we will not give up in our effort to find to fight for the captive bears of Ukraine.

A donation today to will help us rescue more abused bears and give them a new life in one of our bear sanctuaries.