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Indian dancing bear rescue - sanctuary expansion
International Animal Rescue (IAR) funds three sanctuaries for rescued dancing bears in India. 525 bears have been freed from their life of slavery and the Kalandar (tribal nomadic peoples) that 'dance' the bears have been given financial and logistical support to provide alternative income source. We have identified just 95 endangered sloth bears currently remaining on the streets in 7 states in India being forced to perform for the entertainment of tourists. These bears are listed as an Appendix 1 endangered species. The goal is to put an end to this ghastly practice by Christmas 2009.