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Category: Bear Conservation

  1. Tell These Big US Banks That Arctic Drilling Is Bad Business!

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    The Sierra Club (a grassroots environmental organisation in the US) has announced that there’s big, exciting news from a bank!

    JPMorgan Chase have announced at its annual Investor Day that:

    • It will not finance oil and gas extraction in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge
    • It will not continue financing many coal-related enterprises, including thermal coal mines and coal-fired power plants across the world.

    The bank is by far the leading US investor in fossil fuels, and environmentalists and indigenous peoples have put pressure on the bank for years trying to move away from projects which threaten the climate.

    They promised to stop investing in and providing services to companies which derive “the majority of their revenues from the extraction of coal” by 2024, and not to provide financing to offshore and onshore oil and gas extraction in the Arctic

    Goldman Sachs also made a similar commitment not to financial oil drilling in the Arctic two months ago.

    Now, it’s vital that we put the pressure on other big banks to follow suit. 

    I wonder...

    Could their executives and shareholders live with themselves if there was an accident drilling for oil and gas in the Arctic which they had agreed to finance?  It only takes ONE spill to do unrepairable damage.  As the Sierra Club say, “Clean air, safe drinking water, wildlife and wild places are under attack-and once they're gone, they're gone for good.” 

    Dive in and put pressure on the banks
    © istockphoto.com Mario Hoppmann

    Tell These Big US Banks That Arctic Drilling Is Bad Business!

    The Sierra Club say that banks worldwide are refusing to fund Arctic drilling.  Some US banks are dragging their feet.  But Goldman Sachs have done it;  they were the trail-finders who have ruled out financing Arctic oil and gas drilling, thermal coal mines and coal-fired power projects around the world.  Thank you, everyone at Goldman Sachs.

    Sierra Club

    Big banks don’t want to fall behind on industry trends.  

    The Sierra Club is asking us all to focus our efforts on the other US funders which, they say, are notorious for propping up dirty fuels:  Wells Fargo, Citi, JP Morgan Chase, Bank of America, and Morgan Stanley.

    The Sierra Club are asking everyone to:

    Send a message to the CEOs of the other major US banks, telling them that bankrolling Arctic drilling isn’t just bad business -- it’s a threat to Indigenous human rights and to the climate.

    Add your name here and you can send a message too, if you want to add power to it.

    Let’s all fight for wildlife and indigenous peoples and drill hard and deep for change in the right direction.  Let’s put pressure on. 


  2. More bears needing help - Meet Tuan, rescued by Animals Asia

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    Tuan is safe in Animals Asia's Bear Sanctuary

    Tuan had been a very lonely bear.  He was caged on an intensive bear farm.  For 15 years. 

    Animals Asia received an urgent call about this bear.  They went to his rescue, 18 kilometres away, within 90 minutes of receiving the call. 

    What they found was horrible.

    Tuan was unhealthy and obese.

    He was living in filthy conditions, with little or totally unsuitable food.

    He could hear the deafening sounds of pigs squealing a few feet away. 

    And now he’s been rescued by charity Animals Asia.

    Animals Asia hope he will live for another 15 years or more at their Vietnam sanctuary. 

    That means he needs food, medicines, toys and climbing frames for at least 15 years, to give him the life he deserves.

    He’s been given the name Tuan after the Vietnam Director of Animals Asia, Tuan Bendixsen.

    It’s the first time he’s been safe in his life – but he doesn’t know he’s safe.  There is a long road to recovery for Tuan.   He’s deeply traumatised.  And you can help him by helping and donating towards his care.

    He’s Animal Asia’s 210th rescued bear in Vietnam.  All the bears need help, time and care.  They need food, medicine and enrichment activities.

    Donate to start Tuan on his road to recovery >>



  3. Help brown bears Disha and Leyla move to a bear sanctuary

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    Four Paws are asking us all to come to the rescue of Dasha and Leyla.

    Introducing Dasha and Leyla

    Introducing Dasha and Leyla
    Introducing Dasha and Leyla

    Dasha and Leyla are two brown bears.  They've lived in a small concrete cage ever since they were born in 2006.

    Their purpose in life has been to “entertain” people, and they have been used as a tourist attraction in the Ukraine’s Lviv.

    The restaurant where they are has closed its doors.  The bears’ owners want to get rid of Dasha and Leyla but they have nowhere to go.

    Dasha and Leyla could have a new life in a sanctuary

    Disha and Leyla could have a new life

    We can all change everything about life for Dasha and Lelya.

    Four Paws want to rescue them and take them to their bear sanctuary Domazhyr. They need our help to do this – as always, money is the missing ingredient to make this happen.

    Let’s all get stuck in and lend a paw to make this happen.  Or, donate something to help Dasha and Leyla move to Four Paws’ bear sanctuary.

    Just imagine how they will feel when they step onto green grass for the first time…They will be able to roam, to play and even swim in their huge enclosure all day long...

    And imagine how good that would make you & I feel to know we’d had a part to play in making that happen.

    Please donate here and help Disha and Leyla move to Four Paws' bear sanctuary

  4. International Animal Rescue's Great Bear Rescue frees captive bears in Armenia

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    October 2019 marks International Animal Rescue’s two year anniversary of the Great Bear Rescue.

    And they’ve made a film showing their bear rescue team at work.  In fact, the song is written and sun by a member of their team!

    Back in October 2017, the embarked on the Great Bear Rescue with their partners FPWC.  Their aim was to rescue every single bear being held captive in appalling conditions across Armenia.

    And since then, they have rescued 30 bears!  (That's according to their email dated 4th October 2019)

    This is Gordon

    Gordon was found slumped on a cold hard floor
    in a tiny, narrow cage with barely room to turn around. 

    Dasha was rescued too
    Dasha, who had spent ten miserable years behind bars
    in a cramped cage half-submerged in water by a riverside restaurant. 

    This is Peter
    Peter, dubbed the saddest bear in Armenia,
    was found in a tiny cage in a basement, in total darkness. 

     Thomas was rescued, too
    Thomas was rescued from a filthy, squalid cage on the side of a road

    But International Animal Rescue won’t stop until every bear has been rescued.  The day they sent an email with news of the film, two more bears were rescued.  They had been kept caged as status symbols.  And after rescue, they headed to the rescue centre to begin a new life.

    Rescued bears can begin a new life

    Find out more about the Great Bear Rescue and how you can help here.. 

    All photos copyright to the International Animal Rescue


  5. World Ranger Day - Polar Bears International celebrates their polar bear patrol teams

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    World Ranger Day continues to bring in news of the amazing work Rangers are doing around the world to help both people and wildlife.

    Polar Bears International reports that as the sea ice has retreated from the north coast of Alaska, more polar bears are coming ashore.  

    In the town of Kaktovik, polar bears are feeding on whale-bone piles.  They attract the highest density of polar bears anywhere in Alaska and tourists are arriving to take photos of them.

    In northern Alaska, a polar bear family gathers at a whale carcass site

    In northern Alaska, a polar bear family gathers at a whale carcass site
    ©Mike Lockhart, Polar Bears International

    Keeping polar bears and people safe - Polar Bear Patrols

    There hasn’t been a polar bear attack in Alaska since 1993, and this is due in no small part to the commitment and courage of the North Slope Borough’s Polar Bear Patrols.   Communities support their efforts – it is in their interests to do so!

    And to recognise the work that the Polar Bear Patrols have done, the North Slope Borough’s Polar Bear Patrols have been awarded Polar Bears International’s 2019 World Ranger Day Award.

    The award is announced on World Ranger Day every year, and it’s to recognise the frontline heroes who are working to reduce the people-polar bear conflict across the Arctic.

    The members of these patrols can work under challenging conditions and face a considerable amount of risk.  During the ice-free season, they work around the clock for months at a time to prevent incidents between polar bears and people happening.

    Patrols are active in six coastal communities in Northern Alaska, including Kaktovik, Nuiqsut, Point Hope, Point Lay, Utqiagvik and Wainwright.   They have all experienced problems with polar bears, from bears walking down streets in town to raiding food caches.

    The award is rotated amongst the five polar bear nations – Canada, Greenland, Russia, Norway and the US.   Past recipients have included the late Vladelin Kavry of Russia’s Umky Patrollers;  Churchill, Canada’s Polar Bear Alert Team;  and Wildlife Officer Erling Madsen of Ittoqqortoormit, Greenland.

    The award can either be made to an individual or a team.  

    Find out how you can help Polar Bears International help polar bears.  The site has some wonderful footage of polar bears and you can see where all the bears are being tracked to see how they are getting on.

    You can adopt a polar bear, too!  And there are plenty of ways you can help polar bears by making lifestyle changes - find out what they are here!  

    Thank you to everyone who works to help keep polar bears and people safe.