Help break this tradition
You can help protect bears from being abused for entertainment
Bear dancing and fighting (baiting) have been traditional pastimes in Pakistan for over 200 years. Many bears have been taken from the wild at a very young age, destined for a life of captivity and torture.
Cubs poached from the wild usually have their canine teeth extracted, broken or filed off without pain killers or anaesthetics. Their claws are often ripped out at the root, and a metal nose ring or a rope is sewn through the young cub’s nose or muzzle causing agonising pain.
The poor cubs could then either be trained to dance on the streets for money using a torturous process including burning their feet and tugging on a rope attached to a nose ring, or used for baiting where they are tied to a stake and set upon by dogs, forced to defend their life without teeth or claws.
We’re currently working across several fronts to bring a permanent end to the tradition of using bears for entertainment.
Our campaign includes:
- empowering local wildlife authorities to detect and prevent bear baiting and dancing events;
- pushing for legislative protection for all captive bears that prohibits them being used for entertainment permanently and serves as a strong enough deterrent;
- providing alternative livelihoods to former bear owners so they don’t return to the practice in future.
- Expanding the Balkasar bear sanctuary to allow space for an extra 30 to 40 bears.
Our solutions have been working. In Pakistan, 75 bear owners have already received training in alternative livelihoods after being persuaded to hand over their bears. In 2010, the Balkasar sanctuary was completed and currently provides a new home for 51 bears who have been surrendered or physically rescued.
With your compassionate help today, we can continue to provide protection for vulnerable bears in Pakistan.
Thank you for all you do to move the world to protect animals.
* Your donation will help protect animals around the world
$41 could help protect bears abused for entertainment.
$79 could help prevent bear cubs being taken from the wild.
$124 could help to expand Balkasar sanctuary.
Where your money goes
World Animal Protection has been protecting animals for over 50 years and we passionately believe that animals matter. With your support, we’ll go where animal suffering is most far reaching and animal cruelty is most severe.
In 2017, 87% of funds raised went towards protecting animals in our four areas of work. We strive to ensure your vital donations make the largest impact for animals and help achieve lasting change.
* These figures are in local currency and taken from the New Zealand 2017 audited accounts.
- Programs = 87%
- Fundraising = 11%
- Admin = 2%