Thanks to the thousands of you who have supported our Bricks for Bears campaign over the last eighteen months, we have reached our $500,000 target to help build and maintain Balkasar bear sanctuary in Pakistan.
In October 2010, the first stage of the new Balkasar Sanctuary was officially opened. Since then, we have been able to complete the sanctuary and start rescuing bears from the horrific blood-sport of bear baiting in Pakistan.
These rescued bears are now safe and happy in their new home in Balkasar Sanctuary and learning to be bears once again.
Like Bhoori, a beautiful10 year old female brown bear rescued last year that spent much of her life trapped in the cruelty of bear baiting, forcibly tied to a post in the middle of an arena so that trained dogs could attack her for ‘entertainment’. She has since settled well into her home and has been enjoying the open spaces, pools and lush green herbs and grasses at Balkasar.
WSPA Ambassador Nick Maxwell, captain of the Collingwood AFL, talks with our Wildlife Vet Jan Schmidt-Burbach about how the rescued bears are enjoying life at Balkasar.
On behalf of the bears of Pakistan, a sincere thank you from all of us here at WSPA.
With your continued support we are working to end the cruelty of bear baiting once and for all. We’ll keep you updated on the progress of the bears at Balkasar and news of new bear rescues as they happen.