Bears caged next to a restaurant in Sochi could find sanctuary in Romania
Two European brown bears have lived a miserable life for 20 years in a cage next to a restaurant in Sochi, Russia, where they are used to attract customers to the restaurant. They are fed on scraps of food and their filthy cage is littered with bottles, plastic bags and food cartons. Visitors have even fed the bears beer for amusement.
This situation in Sochi (which achieved world fame for hosting the 2014 Olympics) resembles the one in Romania 10 years ago, before all the bears were rescued from cages outside gas stations and restaurants. Those lucky bears were taken to the Libearty bear sanctuary in the Carpathian Mountains of Romania and now the cruel practice of keeping bears for private entertainment in Romania is banned.
The Libearty bear sanctuary is managed by the Romanian animal protection group called ASOCIATIA MILIOANE DE PRIETENI - AMP (Millions of Friends) and their President Cristina Lapis has now offered a space at the sanctuary for the bears from Sochi – if the Sochi authorities agree to confiscate the bears from their illegal and cruel caged life.
The sanctuary has a 1.5 acre forest enclosure with a water pool, den and oak trees that is waiting for these bears. All we need now is for the Sochi authorities to agree to let these bears be moved to the sanctuary – and the funds to do it.
The AMP are working with the World Animal Protection and the Big Hearts Foundation to lobby the Russian authorities to rescue the bears from the cages. The World Animal Protection are trying to raise the funds to move the bears from Russia to Romania (World Animal Protection ).
Any update on progress with this rescue operation will be reported here.
You can read the full story of the Romanian bear sanctuary in the book – Bear Sanctuary, available at: http://amzn.to/pWBWaQ .