26th September 2014: 4Paws Bear Sanctuary - enlargement


such a fantastic project has become reality. Kosovo is setting a benchmark for all the others and you can be very proud", said the founder of 4PAWS, Mr. Heli Dungler. Congratulations KOSOVO!


If you want to learn more about their work – please kindly refer to their 

WEBpage:  http://www.vier-pfoten.at/

The vision of Vier Pfoten is a world without suffering of animals. 4 Pfoten unterstands themselves as advocate for those, who have no voices themselves – the animals. The philosophy of this non-profit organization is respect for all living beings and the deep conviction, that all living beings have a right to respectful treatment and the possibility to live a life which corresponds to their basic needs. Animals do have feelings and are living beings with subjective experiences and we, HUMAN beings are responsible for that.


Animal Protection, human beings protection (child protection, etc.) and environment protection are all closely linked together. We feel connected to all those, who live in peaceful and legal way with respect to one another and who engage for a safe/clean environment. As animal protection organization 4 Pfoten wants to contribute to this goal. 


Approximaltely 3 1/2 years ago when we (my husband and myself) moved to Kosovo, we learned about the terrible suffering of the bears in this country. 15 bears are kept either for amusement or commercial purposes only  in front of restaurants or in other places in very small cages under terrible conditions. 


So we tried to get the politics interested in this project  - a very strong advocat amongst the Kosovan politicians was  H.E.Min.Dardan Gashi. Now private keepings of bears are illegal in Kosovo.  Therefore urgent shelter was needed for those  bears. It took quite some time to find the appropriate land and then a few months passed by without being able to start with the building of the bear sanctuary. But on October 3rd, 2012 the Major of Pristina, Mr. Isa Mustafa, signed the papers for the land use (see attached photo) for the bear sanctuary. The first bear, Kassandra, could be released in March 2013 in this Bear Sanctuary Pristina.  And KOSOVO could tell another great success story of their country. 

The official opening of the Bear Sanctuary Pristina was celebrated a year ago in September 2013 and today we all could celebrate their first anniversary and it is such a great feeling to observe Kassandra and all the other bears playing in their territory and being just happy. What a difference to before when they were locked in small cages.   4Paws made it possible that a dream was became true for the bears. We are proud to have such a great welfare organization in Austria and now also in Kosovo.

Vier Pfoten/4Paws is an international animal welfare organisation and as already written their vision is: a world without animal suffering. They work on longterm improvement by changing the legal framework.  Vier Pfoten has its headquarters in Vienna, but has already offices in 13 countries and is involved in international projects and campaigns.  There exist already 9 “Competence Centers” worldwide. The competence Center Bears (CCBears) is part of the project department with 5 “Competence Centers”: Big Cats, Stray Animals, Horses, Apes and Bears. 4Pfoten has 3 own bear sanctuaries with 49 bears, and is supporting also other bear projects and research and scientific work in this field.


 © Photos: Roswitha Brieger


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