Ending commercial exploitation
Ending the exploitation of wild animals used in Traditional Medicine
Six of these species are threatened or vulnerable by the IUCN (Red List of Endangered Species).
Living bears in Asia are farmed for the bile in their gallbladders. The bile is sold for traditional medicine. These bears are often in cages no bigger than phone booths for their entire lives; they often moan and rock due to extreme anxiety. All methods of extracting bile from live bears cause severe distress and pain.
Captive bears, often stolen from the wild as cubs, are forced to 'dance' for tourists on the streets as a form of begging. They are trained through extremely cruel techniques.
Bear baiting is an illegal and inhumane bloodsport where bears, unable to defend themselves, battle against trained dogs for entertainment. These bears suffer unimaginable injuries and rarely live beyond eight years old.
Kainat, meaning ‘the universe’, is a beautiful seven -year old Himalayan brown bear who has been surrendered to BRC in November 2017 from the Punjab Province. She has been used for baiting for about five years.
As a global event, World Bear Day is observed in many different ways. It doesn't matter where you live, or whether you’re an individual or business, you can celebrate by:
No matter your nationality, religion, or faith, you can be involved with this important day.
Bears are wild animals found in the forest and mountainous regions of North America, South America, Europe, and Asia. Sadly, not every wild bear gets to live freely. Bears remain imprisoned and abused around the world.
Bears are sentient animals with thoughts, feelings, and individual personalities. They are highly intelligent animals, shown to grieve deeply and show altruistic behaviour in sharing food with unrelated bears during food shortages.
Bears commonly have large bodies, large paws, long snouts, small rounded ears, and shaggy hair. They are brown, black and white. They range in size from 4-8ft and 60-1000 pounds.
A coalition of organisations including World Animal Protection, Education for Nature Vietnam (ENV) and Four Paws, have renewed fresh calls to the authorities in Hanoi to take decisive action to end bear bile farming in Vietnam in a media briefing held today.
Starting this summer, World Animal Protection's animal welfare guides will be integral to the Spies Group's overall sustainability policy.
The three bears were the last remaining bile bears in Lang Son and the province is now the 34th bear-free province in Vietnam.
If you're bored or hoping to bring some positivity to your day, try spotting some of Libearty sanctuary's 106 rescued bears.
People often try to tell us it’s impossible to save wild animals from poaching, wildlife entertainment and trade. That’s when I draw strength from the work we do to protect bears.