Romania is home to some of Europe’s most neglected bears, held captive in appalling conditions for the sake of tourist entertainment.
Singer and actress Natalie Imbruglia (pictured) travelled to Romania with the World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA) to film a documentary on these incredible animals, and the tireless work being done to rescue and rehome them in a beautiful forested sanctuary.
Natalie says was shocked to face the cruel reality of bears held in captivity. Natalie Imbruglia will share her truly inspiring journey in a TV documentary to be aired today, February 15 at 4pm on Network Ten.
Featured in the TV documentary is a very special bear named Ursula. Natalie took a personal interest in the Asiatic Black Bear’s story whilst filming in Romania. “Ursula has lived day and night for 26 years in a dirty, rusty cage just a few metres square,” said Natalie. “With your help we can rescue bears like Ursula from a life of misery in these terrible captive conditions.”
With your continued support WSPA can help these bears by:
- Working with local authorities to ensure laws are enforced and captive bears confiscated from illegal private collections or rescued from squalid zoos facing closure. Their cruel imprisonment in such appalling conditions must end.
- Providing the essential care and veterinary treatment that new bears arriving at the sanctuary desperately need. Ailments such as Ursula’s eye infection can then receive the specialist attention required to end bears’ torment.
- Establishing Romania’s first Wildlife Education Centre at the sanctuary. This will lead to fewer bears being taken from the wild and a general public who do not support the cruel confinement or exploitation of bears as tourist attractions.
Please make a donation today to help the World Society for the Protection of Animals to give these bears the chance to express natural behaviour in a safe environment, free from cruel exploitation.
You can make a donation at the WSPA website www.wspa.org.au