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  • World Animal Day

    Today, October 4th, is World Animal Day.  It is a day for people around the world to consider what they can do to help animals, to prevent their suffering, and to do something to make a difference to how we perceive animals.

    It is through increased awareness and education that we can create a world where animals are always recognised as sentient beings and full regard is always paid to their welfare.

    One way you can consider how to help animals is to take a look at the World Animal Protection’s Wildlife Selfie Campaign ( #NotEntertainers) which urges people not to take selfie photos of themselves with captive wild animals such as holding monkeys, reptiles, or having photos of yourself next to tigers and elephants in wildlife amusement parks.  In many cases the animals might be drugged or otherwise forced into submission to make them easier for tourists to hold, and the animals should really be in the wild – not being used as an amusement for tourists.  You can take photos of animals in their natural habitat – such as on safari, but keep away from wildlife amusement areas where it is clear that the animals are cruelly exploited for use as photo props and souvenir photos.

    Have a Happy World Animal Day!

  • Pool time at the bear sanctuary

    Pool time at the sanctuary

    For the rescued bears living in the safe forested bear sanctuary in Romania, August is a hot month so they like to cool off in the many fresh water pools there.  The bears like to splash around in the cool water and often there are quite a few bears joining in the fun as they seem to get on well together and playing in the pools is a refreshing way to relax after sunning themselves in the open meadow areas.  This month the sanctuary has had a lot of visitors and they are shown around by trained guides who explain the stories of all the rescued bears.  The visitors’ entrance fees help to cover some of the costs of feeding the bears – they need around 2 tonnes of food each day.  If you want to see the bears and can't make a trip to Romania at the moment why not watch them on the live web-cam which shows the bears in one of the meadow and pool areas.   Best to catch them in the morning as the bears tend to sleep in the forest after midday.  Take a look at:

  • Valentine's Day present to help the rescued bears in Romania

    The Romanian bear sanctuary is caring for almost 100 bears rescued from cages around Romania.  They need over a ton of food a day to feed the bears and to help raise the funds to care for their bears the Milioane de Prieteni (Millions of Friends) who manage the sanctuary have a special Valentine's Day gift page on their online store - so why not take a look and maybe buy a Valentine Bear? 

  • Sign our petition to free bears

    There are now 87 rescued bears living in the Romanian bear sanctuary. The AMP (who manage the sanctuary), working with the authorities over the past decade, have been able to almost eradicate the cruel caging of bears on private property and from cages outside restaurants. But there is still one outstanding case of a man keeping up to 5 bears on his private property in the west of Romania. No-one can enter the area to assess the bears as the owner has, in the past, threatened AMP staff with a shotgun.

    So now we are raising a petition to urge the Romanian authorities to legally take the bears and place them in the care of the bear sanctuary.

    Please sign our petition by logging on here:
    Thank you. We will keep you updated on progress with this issue.

  • A Book for Christmas

    The AMP (Millions of Friends) organization has been caring for rescued bears in the Romanian bear sanctuary for over a decade now. They helped rescue over 90 bears from illegal and cruel captivity, but there are still a few captive bears left to rescue in Romania.  More details of this will follow soon.

    A few years ago, Animal Planet made a series of programmes for TV showing the amazing work of the bear rescues and the creation of the Libearty bear sanctuary in the heart of Romania’s Transylvania.  If you want to watch the first episode it can be found on YouTube here: and you can also get the illustrated book BEAR SANCTUARY as a Christmas gift from Amazon at: The book gives the story of the bear rescues and has over 100 photos of the bears and you can also read of celebrity visitors to the sanctuary including Natalie Imbruglia and Leona Lewis.  A donation from the sales of the book goes to help rescue more bears from cruel captive conditions so why not send a copy to a friend for Christmas?