Charity frees ‘last’ dancing bear!!!

We wanted you to end 2009 with some good news…

An animal rights charity from East Sussex says it has made history by freeing the last dancing bear in India.

International Animal Rescue, based in Uckfield, has been campaigning for an end to the centuries-old tradition.

It involved sloth bears having their teeth removed and being controlled by a rope bored through their muzzle.

The four-year-old bear, rescued on Friday, is the last of more than 600 to be given a permanent home and lifetime care in sanctuaries throughout India.

Alan Knight, chief executive of International Animal Rescue (IAR), said: “In all my years in animal welfare I have never been part of such a resounding success story.

“To transform the lives of hundreds of captive bears is amazing in itself – but to put an end to this cruelty once and for all is nothing short of momentous.”

Bear handlers

The campaign to rescue the bears began seven years ago, jointly organised by IAR, Wildlife SOS (WSOS) of India, Free the Bears Fund (FTB) from Australia, and One Voice Association France.

The practice of dancing bears was made illegal in India when the Wildlife Protection Act of 1972 came into effect.

Part of the campaign has involved providing a rehabilitation package for the bear handlers, known as kalandars, so that they can learn new trades and continue supporting their families after surrendering their bears.

For the first time kalandar children are able to attend school and receive an education sponsored by the Kalandar Rehabilitation Project.

Source: BBC, click HERE

We will also be starting 2010 with good news so please keep coming back to read on…

… after your New Year’s Festivities of course!

Wishing you all the best for 2010 and thanking you for all your help,

the people and animals behind Cretan Animal Welfare Group!


Merry Christmas & Happy 2010!!!

We hope this holiday season finds you happy and in health and that 2010 brings you all the best in every way!

Thank you to everyone who has supported us in 2009…

You have truly made a difference to hundreds of animals!

Daphne says…



Thank you to everyone who sponsored me

and CAWG’s other 3 flowers , Marigold, Hebe and Yucca!

Talos Plaza Events are on!!!

Join us in the FUN!!!

Thank you to all the volunteers that gave up part of their Christmas holidays to raise funds and awareness for a good cause!

CAWG and the animals you have helped appreciate it more than you can ever imagine!

Bigger, Better and more Frequent!!!

If you enjoyed our X-mas cakes, decorations, face painting, hot chocolate and Marley’s company at the Hersonissos Bazaar on Sunday…

…You will love our stand at the Talos Plaza in Heraklion!!!

With Face Painting, Gluhwein, Gifts, Marley and lots more, nobody will be getting bored this holiday!

Find us there in the run up to Christmas and the New Year!

Fizzy has found a home!!!

After having been on our Adoption list for quite a long time, lovely Fizzy has found a home thanks to Mirtos Animal Project!

We hope that her new family enjoys her playful company and typical cat-like behaviour for many years to come!

Thank you for offering a cat which had gone past the cute kitten age,

a 2nd chance in life!

Christmas Bazaar!!!


The One & Only!

Sunday 13th of December

10.00 – 13.30

Come and find us (again!) at Gringo’s Mexican Restaurant,

next to the Halkiadakis-Spar S/M in Malia

* All the usual stalls with a hugh variety of goodies!

* Home made products on sale!

* Lots of new donations have been received so definitely worth checking us out again!

* Lots of books in different languages; English, German, Dutch, Greek, French and Swedish!

* Cafe is open for teas & coffees!

And last but certainly not least:

* Lots of good offers! As we can all feel the crisis, especially around X-mas!

Insider’s tip…

the earlier you come the better bargain you will score 😉 !

So pass on the word & come and join us all this Sunday in Malia!!!