Join with World Animal Protection to stop bear baiting


What’s happening?

In rural Pakistan, large crowds gather to watch bears battle groups of trained dogs. The bears are captured and forced to endure immense pain even before they fight, with their canine teeth broken, muzzles painfully pierced with nose rings and claws often removed. The bears suffer terrible injuries, rarely living past the age of eight. When one bear dies, the cycle starts again, with more young wild bears forced into captivity and torment.

World Animal Protection’s efforts

World Animal Protection works to stop bears being cruelly exploited in bear baiting. Since 1997, they’ve been working with the Pakistan Bioresource Research Centre (BRC) to end bear baiting. As a result, together we’ve decreased the number of bear baiting events dramatically. Bears are now able to live better lives, and so are their owners.

World Animal Protection’s work includes;

  • Preventing bear baiting events, by working with wildlife officials and local partners to share information
  • Strengthening legislation and making sure laws banning bear baiting are enforced
  • Seeking new legislation that will make it illegal to own a bear, or will at least ban the use of bears for baiting, dancing and begging
  • Reducing demand for bear baiting, by working with teachers, religious leaders and influential landlords to promote animal protection and raise awareness that bear baiting contravenes Islamic teachings
  • Offering alternative livelihoods for bear owners, so that they leave bear baiting behind for good
  • Providing sanctuary for bears who are surrendered or rescued from bear baiting – though our ultimate goal is for bears to remain in the wild
  • Exposing cruelty, by monitoring, uncovering and tacking the exploitation of bears, including bear dancing and begging, which may be increasing as bear baiting declines.

Supporting World Animal Protection

The Wishing Well was established in 2010 to offer children in out-of-home care, such as foster care and residential care, a range of healing and treatment options usually not accessible as a free therapy in mainstream health.

The Wishing Well raises funds to enable children and young people to access developmentally-appropriate and trauma-informed treatments shown to be highly effective in dealing with severe trauma and neglect. These therapies respond to the unique needs of each child and young person.

The Wishing Well is a not-for-profit incorporated charity organisation, established and managed by people seeking to improve outcomes for children and young people in out-of-home care and their families. The Wishing Well recognises the importance of the act of giving. We recognise the significance of the participation of community members and all donations are most appreciated.

The Wishing Well operates ethically, effectively and empathically with a view to achieving quality outcomes and a satisfying working environment, and as such we support organisations that encompass similar ideals.

The Wishing Well gratefully receives donations, funding and resources through bequests, corporate partnerships, fundraising events, grants, online donations and other fund raising activities. Money donated to The Wishing Well enables traumatised children access to healing therapies. Please see our website for more information:

How you can help

Take action now with World Animal Protection. With your support, we can stop bears being subjected to a lifetime of pain and distress in Pakistan.



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