Bears are wildlife, not entertainers

Help us eradicate the use of bears in entertainment

Help wipe out this cruelty for good

Torn from her mother as a cub, Maya the bear had a metal ring pierced through her sensitive muzzle and was trained to ‘dance’ over burning hot coals.

For years, she was forced to perform for paying crowds – repeating the hopping movements she’d learned whenever she heard music. Her owner controlled her with a rope attached to her metal nose ring. The slightest tug caused her unimaginable pain.

There are around 90 bears like Maya still held in captivity and used for bear dancing and bear baiting in Pakistan. They endure an unnatural life of isolation and are often sick and malnourished.

Bears are also abused for entertainment in Romania, where they are kept in small cages in shops to entertain customers. Some become so distressed they start self-mutilating. Fortunately, this practice is dying out – and we are working with our local partner to end it for good.

Thanks to our supporters, Maya was surrendered by her owner in exchange for an alternative livelihood. She now lives in the peace of the Balkasar Sanctuary, run by our local partner the Bioresource Research Centre.

With the help of our supporters, we transfer captive bears to high welfare sanctuaries. Our supporters have also helped us end bear dancing across Turkey, Greece and India – incredible achievements to protect vulnerable bears. But there are still a number of bears being kept in horrific conditions in Pakistan and Romania.

These poor bears desperately need your help to break out of captivity.

Please donate today to save more bears like Maya from lives of torture, and eradicate the use of bears in entertainment.

(* Header image credit: Yasir Nisar)

$16 could provide essential de-worming for one bear – necessary for ongoing good health and wellbeing

$40 could help us work toward having a bear surrendered

$80 could help relocate a rescued bear to the Balkasar Sanctuary






Where your money goes

These figures are in local currency and taken from the New Zealand 2015 audited accounts.

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 2015, 94% of funds raised went towards protecting animals in our four areas of work. We can ensure your vital donation is making the biggest impact for animals as possible and is helping achieve lasting change.

* These figures are in local currency and taken from the New Zealand 2015 audited accounts.

  • Programs = 94%
  • Fundraising = 5%
  • Admin = 1%