Giving a new life to bears abused for entertainment
What we have accomplished together for bears is amazing.
In the 1990’s, our Libearty campaign helped to outlaw bear dancing in Greece, Turkey and most of India. In 2010, we helped our local partner the Bioresource Research Centre (BRC) establish the Balkasar Sanctuary in Pakistan to provide a safe home for bears rescued from ‘bear baiting’ and ‘bear dancing’ with the aim of ending these cruel forms of entertainment. At the end of last year, we helped rescue the last dancing bears in Nepal. Today, we keep piling on the pressure.
Key to our work to save bears abused for entertainment has been our ability to help rescue bears and house them in sanctuaries where they can be given the best possible care for the rest of their lives.
At the Balkasar Sanctuary, partly funded by our supporters, rescued and surrendered bears now live natural lives because of you. With expert care, some of the bears have even begun hibernating again!
Right now, 44 bears are living in peace at Balkasar. They receive an excellent diet including cereals, meat, fruit and vegetables that supplement the many natural plants and grasses in their 17-acre enclosure. The bears need about 130kg of food a day which staff are able to provide thanks to you.
In 2018, we will continue to give the 44 bears the best possible care. As the sanctuary is nearing its capacity (50 to 55 bears), we are also planning to purchase new land to extend the sanctuary and build two new enclosures. This will allow our work to continue at the pace and passion that has driven it forward so successful to date, removing entertainment bears from intolerable living conditions.
Thank you for all you’ve already done to give bears a brighter future. Click on the button below to read about some of the stories of recovery you made possible. You can also see a bird’s-eye view of the Balkasar Sanctuary!
Thank you again for joining us to move the world to protect animals.
World Animal Protection