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Royal Canin pledges FOUR PAWS full support in rescuing baiting bears


Pet food producer takes on responsibility and wishes to participate in long-term solution

During yesterday’s meetings in Vienna Royal Canin made a commitment to FOUR PAWS to accept responsibility: the company will support the rescue of the bears, which have been tormented during brutal dog training. The meetings were triggered by last week’s publication by FOUR PAWS of video material which exposed Royal Canin as sponsor of the cruel events in Ukraine. The publication resulted in vehement protests worldwide, intensive media reporting and a public apology by the company.


After the bear baiting was uncovered FOUR PAWS presented a project proposal to the Ukrainian government, and then yesterday also to Royal Canin. A reception station should be set up where the 15-20 bears concerned can spend the rest of their lives in species-appropriate conditions. The organisation points to its years of experience in rescuing bears and its successful management of four sanctuaries in Bulgaria, Germany, Austria and, starting a few weeks ago, in Kosovo.


Dr. Amir Khalil, Director of Project Development and chief negotiator at FOUR PAWS, explains: “I am pleased that we have now been able to sit down with Royal Canin to discuss tangible solutions. We welcome Royal Canin’s willingness to take on responsibility. But of course words alone are not enough – now we need to see actions.


Over the next few weeks a detailed project plan will be drawn up by the FOUR PAWS and Royal Canin negotiating teams. Dr. Khalil: “As part of this we will then also work together to map out the particulars of the support.”


Royal Canin looks forward to opening this new chapter by helping to promote animal welfare in Ukraine. Therefore, we intend to provide funding for this project. We will also take the lead in building an alliance to include additional volunteering parties (business partners, associations, NGO etc…) to ensure the project is secured for the long term”, says Hervé Marc, Global Corporate Affairs Director with Royal Canin.


Dr. Khalil emphasises that this project is only at the start: “But it is already clear that we need the support of the Ukrainian authorities if we are to end the bears’ suffering. A project like this is very demanding logistically, financially and bureaucratically, and as such it also needs a lot of time.