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BEAR SANCTUARY Domazhyr in the Ukraine currently covers 7.7 hectares, and already provides a species-appropriate home for seven bears rescued by FOUR PAWS from dreadful keeping conditions. Over the next few years the sanctuary will be extended to cover 20 hectares, with room for 30 bears.

By constructing BEAR SANCTUARY Domazhyr, FOUR PAWS has created a sustainable way to accommodate rescued bears, and is thus assisting the Ukrainian Government in its efforts to implement the ban on keeping baiting bears in the country.

BEAR SANCTUARY Domazhyr is an important step for FOUR PAWS in the Ukraine towards a permanent end to the captivity of bears used in bear baiting and to further improve living conditions for bears there. As a result of our initiatives, a new animal protection law was passed in Ukraine in 2015.

Since then, bears and wolves are no longer allowed to be hunted by dogs and bear baiting was made illegal was the operation of bear baiting camps.

Despite this however, bears are still being illegally exploited in bear baiting. FOUR PAWS, together with the Ukrainian authorities, aims to finally put an end to this gruesome practice with the accommodation of the remaining bears, which are still being exploited, in BEAR SANCTUARY Domazhyr.

June 2018: Kvitka's rescue

Tyson – rescued October 2017

Tyson was brutally snatched away from his mother as a bear cub and brought to a hunting station. Typically, on such stations, hunting dogs are trained to attack bears in a practice known as ‘bear baiting’. Since his rescue, Tyson has shown positive natural behaviour at our sanctuary.

Manya – rescued October 2017

Manya, a brown bear caged for over 14 years at the side of a restaurant in Ukraine. Her cage did not even have a door, it had been constructed around her many years ago, and she had known nothing but concrete and misery. Manya is now free and living in peace.

© FOUR PAWS | Christiane Flechtner

Mashutka – rescued December 2017

Mashutka, a female brown bear around 13 years old, had been regularly abused as a baiting bear at hunting stations near Kiev. Suffering in a tiny cage she was only able to leave for one reason: to “fight” against hunting dogs in the practice of bear baiting. Mashutka now lives in peace at our sanctuary.

© FOUR PAWS | Sasha Sako

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