Gift health to healing bears

These rescued bears deserve to live a life free from suffering

Chowti and Maya have faced unimaginable cruelty. Chowti, a blind black bear, was exploited for the inhumane blood sport of bear baiting where she was tied to a pole as trained dogs attacked her. Maya, whose name means ‘graciousness’, was used for the cruel spectacle of bear dancing and forced to perform up to four times a week. These defenseless bears lived in state of constant fear and pain. Trained to entertain, they had their teeth filed down, some claws removed, metal rings pierced through their sensitive muzzles and painful wounds that were not properly cared for. But thanks to compassionate supporters like you and our partner Bioresource Research Centre (BRC), Chowti and Maya were rescued and given proper health care and treatment. Today, they both live peacefully at the World Animal Protection-funded sanctuary in Pakistan.

As you can imagine, bears like Chowti and Maya who have suffered so much need on-going veterinary care and medicine to ensure they are in good health. Did you know that just $35 could provide two months’ worth of essential medicine to help one rescued bear? These medicines are crucial for their long-term recovery from the abuse they’ve endured during their life-time. This holiday, please join us in gifting health to the bears of Balkasar sanctuary.

Maya who lived a life of suffering now enjoys her freedoms as a Balkasar sanctuary resident.
Chowti, who is blind, took time to timidly explore her new home using her sense of smell to familiarize herself. Now she spends her days enjoying the peace and safety of the sanctuary.
  • Provide life-saving veterinary medicine

  • Keep a rescued bear in good health

  • Provide care and comfort

About World Animal Protection 

World Animal Protection has been improving the lives of animals for more than 50 years. We help end the suffering of animals in communities, disasters, farms and in the wild. We influence decision makers to put animals on the global agenda and inspire people to change animals’ lives for the better. We move the world to protect animals.

In 1997, World Animal Protection joined forces with the Pakistan Bioresource Research Centre (BRC) to bring a permanent end to the tradition of bear baiting and dancing by reducing the number of baiting events, improving the animal welfare laws in Pakistan and to make sure all known bears used for entertainment are rescued and housed appropriately at the Balkasar sanctuary. Since then, 99 bears have been rescued from bear baiting and dancing. Currently, there are 44 bears living in peace in the sanctuary, all thanks to donors like you. The sanctuary is about 17 acres and split into two enclosures giving all the bears living there plenty of space to roam around. There are pools, natural climbing structures, and denning places that allow the bears to express their natural behaviours.