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Help us to work for bears.  To find out about our current projects and campaigns click on the links below

Project Captivate

We are creating and maintaining a worldwide list of captive bears.  This is a huge project and we need all the help we can get!.

Project Pursuit

We are monitoring bear hunts throughout the world.  Find out more about how we use the information we collect and how you can help collect it.

Operation MediEvil

We're working to end the illegal trade in bear body parts and fighting against poaching.  Find out how you can get involved.

Operation Snowstorm

We want to end the keeping of polar bears in zoos.  These Arctic giants are totally unsuited to a life in captivity.  Click above to find out what you can do to help.

Operation Repulse

Circuses and bear shows are cruel, the conditions the captive animals are held in appalling.  Help us to bring an end to the use of bears for so-called "entertainment".

Operation Archaic

Bear baiting is barbaric and you may be surprised to learn where it still goes on.  Follow the link to join our campaign to end this cruelty forever.

We support a number of other trusted organisations' campaigns - click on the links below to find out more

Animals Asia

Founded in 1998, Animals Asia promotes compassion and respect for all animals and works to bring about long-term change. They work to end the barbaric bear bile trade, which sees over 10,000 bears kept on bile farms in China, and now under 2,000 held in Vietnam.

Four Paws

Dancing bears, circus bears and other bears in private captivity suffer greatly. FOUR PAWS has four sanctuaries, in which several bears have found a home for life. They have founded and run sanctuaries in Austria, Bulgaria, Germany and Ukraine.

Operation Charm

An initiative against the illegal trade in endangered species. The London Met Police work closely with partner organisations using a mix of crime prevention, public awareness and enforcement.


Working around the world to protect animals and help people to see how important animals are to everyone.  Campaign on a variety of issues relating to bears..

Wildlife SOS India

Working to protect sloth and moon bears in India from poaching, illegal capture and exploitation, Wildlife SOS India run five bear resue centres and facilities.  For more on their work with sloth bears click here and for moon bears click here.

Vital Ground

Working cooperatively with landowners, local communities, and state and federal agencies to permanently protect crucial lands for the benefit of grizzly bears and other wide-ranging wildlife.

Only by changing human attitudes to bears and to the habitats in which they live can be begin to address the threats they face at our hands.  Information is the key; below are ideas on steps you can take to becoming an advocate for bears.

  • Don't buy products that come from bears

  • Campaign to end bear-baiting, dancing bears, bear farming and hunting of endangered populations (see above)

  • Take steps to reduce your impact on the planet; we need to reverse climate change to protect bears

  • Check out your local zoos and any circuses that come visting; talk to managers and staff; try to find out if they have bears and if so see what you can find out about them and pass the information on to us.  Anything you can find out, no matter how small, will be helpful.  Photographs are particularly valuable.

  • Support us and our work and take a look at the other organisations and charities featured above that are working for bears and who would welcome your support

  • Find out all you can about bears - this website is a really good place to start.  Read books, watch TV programmes and DVDs, contact organisations who are working for bears.  Then spread the word to friends, colleagues and family about the bears and the threats they face.  Use social media to maximise the impact and follow us on Facebook and Twitter to keep up to date with news, events and campaigns.

  • Go bear watching

  • Watch this video  it will inspire you!


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Page updated 19 August 2015