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Please help the bears in Zoo in Kaliningrad to go to a sanctuary!
by Martina Grosse · 21,308 supporters
Petition update
We have news and we close the petition!
Martina Grosse
Dresden, Germany

May 4, 2016 — A good friend and animal rights activist Caterina Moynihan has written to Bigheartfoundation and she shared the response with me. I want to share the news with you and I will close the petition.
Here are the news:

First of all, thank you very much for your active support and concern regarding the animal welfare in Russia.

I contacted the Zoo recently. To my surprise, the situation has changed dramatically. I spoke to the staff of the zoo, absolutely 100% passionate and dedicated people. They have changed a number of things:

  1. Now the bear is not alone, they have several animals of the same species together. They keep a good contact and therefore remain psychologically healthy.
  2. The have a well-balanced diet and visitors do not feed them anymore.
  3. Bears constantly receive cage enrichments, I.e. Substrates, tree branches and other natural “toys” to play with and remain in a healthy physical state.
  4. In their captivity they have shelters where they can go dormant during winter or hide when weather is harsh. In summer term, they get a swimming pool to chill out and again do some physical activity.
  5. The zoo staff has been working on improving their knowledge about keeping wild animals. Also, the zoo was visited by foreign animal specialists.
  6. Most importantly, the captivity looks nothing like on that picture. It is indeed rather old, but not as unacceptable as it looks in that photo. At the moment they are raising more money to build the new captivity for the bears.

We are keeping an eye on this case and also Bigheartsfoundation and Bornfree.

Thank you all for supporting the Bears. You have done a great job and special thank to Caterina 😉

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