Bricks for Bears is an initiative by the World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA) and their local partner Asociata Milioane de Prieteni (AMP) to rescue 25 bears in Romania. These bears are chained or are kept in tiny cages with little space to move. These bears suffer from inadequate food and medical care or attention, and are not able to engage in natural behaviours independently let alone with other bears.
It is easy to forget as humans that animals are sentient beings who can feel pain and suffering. The experiences of these bears who have been or who remain trapped, including the sad story of one bear Maia who self mutilated and died in a vain attempt to escape the confines of her barren and claustrophobic cage serves as a reminder to us that we cannot turn a blind eye to the plight of these beautiful animals who are voiceless and powerless to help themselves.
WSPA and AMP have worked together on their Operation Bear Rescue to create the Zamesti Bear Sanctuary in Romania where thus far, 60 brown bears have been rescued and housed in this sanctuary. Though these bears are still not in the wild, the sanctuary is perhaps a better alternative than the bears being left to their own devices as they could be vulnerable to being captured again. The sanctuary also ensures that the bears are provided with the appropriate medical care (which in many, if not all cases, would be paramount in ensuring the bears return to health after such torturous confinement) and aims to provide as natural a habitat for the bears as possible where the bears are able to climb, swim, dig and hibernate.
The Bricks for Bears program enables supporters of Operation Bear Rescue to purchase “bricks” for $10 a pop to fund the building and maintenance of this sanctuary. https://www.bricksforbears.org.au/buy-a-brick.aspx. All donations over $2 are tax deductible (Australia only).
Please think about contributing to this cause. You wouldn’t want to live your life tethered to a pole or behind bars. There are 25 bears left to rescue and they don’t want to live like this either.