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Brown bear Vini was rescued from a restaurant in Peja.

Brown bear Vini was rescued from a restaurant in Peja.

To man, bears symbolize strength and endurance like few other animals and in the countries they are and were to be found, they are often deeply rooted to cultural traditions and folklore. Yet, their killing and abuse has a long tradition as well. The mistreatment of bears for public entertainment can be traced back as far as to the Roman Empire, where staged bear fights, hunts and bear baiting were a regular occurrence.

And even today, the use of bears for circus shows and funfair attractions, tame bears or dancing bears are still popular and common, especially in Eastern Europe, Russia and Asia.

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Brown bear Vini was rescued from a restaurant in Peja.<br />
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To man, bears symbolize strength and endurance like few other animals and in the countries they are and were to be found, they are often deeply rooted to cultural traditions and folklore. Yet, their killing and abuse has a long tradition as well. The mistreatment of bears for public entertainment can be traced back as far as to the Roman Empire, where staged bear fights, hunts and bear baiting were a regular occurrence.<br />
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And even today, the use of bears for circus shows and funfair attractions, tame bears or dancing bears are still popular and common, especially in Eastern Europe, Russia and Asia.