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In Japan, bears are kept in concrete ‘parks’ and forced to beg for food in the name of public entertainment.
Japan’s bear parks were originally set up to care for orphaned wild black and brown bears. But high visitor demand meant park owners continued breeding bears to turn a healthy profit.
The parks are overrun. Staff cannot keep the bears in adequate conditions, and this damages their physical and mental health.
The bears suffer from:
WSPA is working with member society JANET to increase pressure on Japan’s bear park owners to improve their welfare standards or face being shut down.
And it is working. In 2006, due to persistent WSPA pressure, a large park in Japan created a new forested area for 20 of their bears.
But we need to do more – hundreds of bears are still suffering in concrete enclosures across Japan.
We need you to help us keep the pressure on the owners of Japan’s bear parks and secure a brighter future for these captive bears.
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