Help give bears lives worth living

Bears are wildlife, not entertainers

Together, we can end bear dancing and baiting in Pakistan

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. Her owner controlled her with a rope attached to her metal nose ring. The slightest tug caused her unimaginable pain.

There are around 115 bears like Maya still held in captivity and used for dancing or illegal baiting events in Pakistan.

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.

Every animal deserves a life without cruelty and suffering. One with the freedom to express their natural behaviour without fear. Together, we can give them that life.

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.

Together, we can change bears’ lives for good. Will you join us, and help give bears lives worth living?

Please donate today to help protect bears like Maya and animals around the world in need.

$23 could help 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




(Header image credit: Yasir Nisar)



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%