FOUR PAWS Rescues Brown Bear Potap

A rescue team from animal welfare organisation FOUR PAWS rescued an abused brown bear in Luhansk (Ukraine) yesterday from a life of misery. The bear will be transferred today to the bear rehabilitation centre Synevyr. In Synevyr he will live a free and happier life according the best animal welfare practises.

The three year old bear Potap was bought from a circus, and for the last two years has lived in squalid conditions on the premises of a dog breeding and private sports club in Luhansk. He lived a miserable existence in a tiny eight square metre cage with concrete floor. Potap is extremely malnourished and has an open wound on his neck, as a result of a leather collar that was too small for his neck.

Many dogs live on the sports club property, which are being bred and trained for hunting. Potap was used as a training tool for the dogs – so that when the dogs hunt they are not afraid of bears in the wild.

In a joint rescue mission the FOUR PAWS team, employees of the bear rehabilitation centre Synevyr and the Ukrainian authorities, Potap was confiscated yesterday. Potap was checked by veterinarians on site. He was weak but able to undertake the 30 hour journey in a mobile vet clinic to the bear rehabilitation centre Synevyr.

According to information obtained by FOUR PAWS, there are more than 40 brown bears living in very poor captive conditions across Ukraine. “Most of the bears are living in small cages next to restaurants, hotels, filling stations or bars”, says Dr. Amir Khalil, FOUR PAWS Director Project Development.”Together with the Ukrainian authorities we will continue our fight against the cruel treatment of the bears.” On 3 February 2012 FOUR PAWS and the Ukrainian Minister of Ecology and Natural Resources Mykola Zlochevskiy signed an agreement for the rescue of and care for the privately owned brown bears.

Many Drugs ‘Non-Vegetarian And Need Better Labelling’

BBC News:

People who choose not to eat animal products may be unaware that common medicines could contain them, a study suggests.

Many tablets and liquid medicines use gelatin, derived from animal bones or skin.

A survey in the Postgraduate Medical Journal shows a quarter of patients are unknowingly prescribed drugs containing gelatin contrary to their beliefs.

The report authors say clearer drug labelling is needed…