As long as there are bears in need, Free the Bears will continue to work to stop their suffering. As well as rescue and rehabilitation of bears for their entire lives, Free the Bears continues to tackle the root of the problems that threaten bears in Asia. These threats are numerous and endemic, but with consistent effort from local communities up to national governments, we believe ending the suffering of bears is an achievable goal.
One of the main threats to bears in Asia is the illegal wildlife trade. Almost all our bears are rescued from poachers, the illegal sale of bears as pets, or planned use in traditional medicine. Poachers kill or capture bears via hunting or snare traps then sell them locally or smuggle them to other countries. Another grave threat to bears in the region is bile farming, still common across Asia.
To help stop the suffering, Free the Bears works with communities and organisations throughout Asia and trains local staff to fight animal cruelty for generations to come. We need to work with local groups to change attitudes and raise awareness of the wildlife trade including local schools and organisations, and with universities and other institutions to conduct critical research. We must also work with government and law enforcement agencies in order to create and implement a legal framework to combat wildlife traders, and with other charities to best utilise all our resources.