Please help reunite bear cub with mother in the Ukraine
BACKGROUND | SOURCE FOUR PAWS
We all feel for Nastia who was snatched away from her mother. The young cub is still traumatized – as the FOUR PAWS video shockingly reveals. However, there is another victim in this story: It’s Nastia’s mother, Masha.
As the director of Lutsk zoo says bluntly in an interview, female bears are regarded as mere baby producers. In the wild a female bear only gives birth every three years and remains with her cubs for two years. The bears in Lutsk are forced to have babies every year due so that profits can be made with the offspring. The consequence is not only that, as the zoo director confirms, females have health problems and are simply worn out, but they also have to watch powerlessly as their children are taken away far too early. This causes extreme psychological distress and leads to constant mourning, year after year.
Masha, Nastia’s mother, can clearly be seen panicking as her baby is torn away from her in the FOUR PAWS video. We can only imagine what she’s going through. As with humans and many other mammals, the maternal instinct is very strong in bears, and losing their baby can cause great damage to their psychological health. To suffer a loss of a baby every year is something nobody would want to experience.
As mentioned above: There are two victims in this story – we must not and shall not forget this. FOUR PAWS will do everything it can to ensure a reunion between Nastia and Masha.
Update June 29th 20:00:
At this moment, we are pulling out all the stops: Our head of the Ukraine project Dr. Khalil is in permanent contact with authorities and other institutions to initiate a confiscation as quickly as possible. As soon as we can say anything more definite, we will go public with all the information.
We will do all we can to bring the bear cub back to her mother.
Click for additional information from The Daily Mail
Four Paws reveals: Baby bear Nastia kidnapped
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I am writing to encourage you to exert your influence in reuniting a baby bear, Nastia, with her mother, Masha. Nastia was kidnapped from her mother in the zoo in Lutsk in Ukraine’s northern Volyn region.
Although you may assert that humane protocols must be followed in accordance with zoo protocols, the visual evidence validates the position that these directives are often ignored in favor of management; nevertheless, establishing a threshold of humane treatment is ambiguous at best, these standards being implemented by those with questionable interests, its oversight managed by those who profit from exploitation. As such, it is important to recognize that both Nastia and her mother, fundamentally valuable beyond monetary benefit, are being exploited in demonstrably cruel and unnecessary manners, languishing after being brutally separated. All animals share maternal instincts; having a child stolen is an act unforgivable on behalf of any animal, human or non-.
Please watch the following video taken by the Four Paws organization when Nastia was forceably removed from her mother:
I hope you make the compassionate decision to intervene with the goal of discontinuing the imprisonment and separation of Nastia and her mother, and I am hoping you have the authority to relinquish her back to Masha. However, as long as the Ukraine continues to unnecessarily capitalize on the exploitation, imprisonment, and maltreatment of her, I will not financially or commercially support you. It is important to recognize that consumers are increasingly rejecting those destinations that are complicit in the suffering and unnecessary treatment of animals by shifting their loyalties to those areas that do not participate in such gross exploitation of them, and I hope that you will extend such an ethical and empathetic gesture as well.
I know your time is limited and I thank you for your attention.