Two bears will be returned to wild nature

17-05-2018

 RA Deputy Minister of Nature Protection Khachik Hakobyan participated in a press conference held in Article 3 Club, in the course of which the large scale project on rescuing the bears illegally kept in captivity implemented by the RA Ministry of Nature Protection, the Foundation for the Preservation of Wildlife and Cultural Assets (FPWC) supported by Environmental Protection and Mining Inspection Body were presented to the journalists. FPWC Founder Ruben Khachatryan and Alan Knight, CEO of International Animal Rescue (IAR) were engaged in the press conference.
Ruben Khachatryan illustrated the project on rescuing the bears illegally kept in captivity, conducted by the Foundation for the Preservation of Wildlife and Cultural Assets (FPWC) with the assistance of VivaCell-MTS, International Animal Rescue (IAR), the Brigitte Bardot Foundation and other international organizations and individuals under the aegis of the Ministry of Nature Protection of RA. The speaker notified that it is envisaged to return the two bear cubs (without maternal care) to wild nature, detected by the workers of the RA MNP State Environmental Inspectorate in Lori Region last year within the project scopes in the coming days. After the alert of the Inspectorate, the bear cubs were transferred  to Caucasus Wildlife Refuge /CWR/, where they received appropriate specialized care, had no contact with people to be returned to wild nature.
RA Deputy Minister of Nature Protection Khachik Hakobyan expressed his gratitude to the FPWC  and IAR for constructive cooperation and emphasized that the Ministry of Nature Protection keeps the issue over wild animals bred in captivity or semi-wild conditions in spotlight, thereby having developed the law draft along with NGOs and specialists to address it, that the RA Government will soon submit to the National Assembly.   
  The Deputy Minister of Nature Protection informed that they will be consistent in addressing  the problem of registered 80 bears kept in captivity and informed that the launch of the project has changed the perception of the phenomenon, due to which many individuals voluntarily transfer the animals kept in  the conditions not meeting standards to the foundation. 
Alan Knight, CEO of International Animal Rescue (IAR) expressed willingness to work more intensively with the newly formed authorities of RA in the sphere of wildlife conservation.  By gladly stating that 15 bears are in the refuge, the speaker noticed that it is necessary to expand the area of the refuge to receive new animals, for which International Animal Rescue (IAR) is willingly to provide assistance.

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