Rescuers Step in to Help Bears Being Used as Living Tourist Attractions

Rescuers are stepping in to help brown bears who are being kept in deplorable conditions and used as living attractions by their captors across Armenia.

These brown bears have been poached from the wild and confined to barren enclosures at restaurants, factories and bus depots, among other places, so they can be used to draw tourists and amuse their owners.

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Fortunately, their heartbreaking plight has captured the attention of rescuers who are now stepping in to change the world for these bears.

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Determined to help end their suffering, International Animal Rescue (IAR) has launched The Great Bear Rescue in an effort to shut this cruel industry down and move these bears to new homes.

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I have seen for myself the conditions these bears are living in and they are nothing short of appalling. Some have been living for years in cramped, barren cages, surviving only on scraps and filthy, stagnant water and standing on stinking mounds of their own faeces,” said IAR CEO Alan Knight.

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“Many of them relieve their boredom and frustration by pacing endlessly to and fro, banging their heads against the walls or climbing up the bars, searching frantically for an escape route. These beautiful creatures have been robbed of their dignity and their freedom. It is absolutely sickening,” he added.

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Distrubing footage released shows the appalling conditions and miserable lives of deprivation these bears are forced to endure in the small, barren enclosures they’re trapped in.

IAR plans on saving as many as it can, and will be assessing, treating and providing critical care for each individual it rescues. The organization ultimately hopes to rehabilitate and release any who are good candidates, but has vowed to ensure permanent homes in sanctuaries for any bears who are unable to return to the wild.

According to IAR, the construction of a sanctuary is already underway, while Knight plans to return to Armenia later this month to begin the first rescues.

For more on how to help, check out International Animal Rescue and The Great Bear Rescue.

Photo credit: International Animal Rescue/Youtube

63 comments

Philippa Powers
Philippa Powers16 days ago

Thanks.

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Ann B
Ann B25 days ago

signed and we need to put an end to ALL ANIMAL cruelty----

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Angela K
Angela K25 days ago

petition already signed and shared

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Chad A
Chad A26 days ago

Thank you.

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HEIKKI R
HEIKKI R26 days ago

thank you

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cristiano t

put in the cage the piece of sh..t that did that to the bears

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Winn A
Winn A27 days ago

Petition Signed - Shame on the humans involved in this tragidy.

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Marija M
Marija M27 days ago

OMG...

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Terri S
Terri S27 days ago

Tourist attractions????? What tourist wants to see depressed, abused wild animals??? Why do factories and bus depots want to attract tourists in the first place??? Please rescue these beautiful bears!!!!!

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Arlene C
Arlene C27 days ago

Merci Alicia

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