Pioneering Efforts in Advancing Animal
Rights and Welfare
By Bulgaria News Group (Originally in Bulgaria)
“Vier Pfoten,” or Four Paws, is an international foundation with headquarters in Vienna, Austria, and multiple branch offices throughout Europe. In 2008, the foundation signed an agreement with the Bulgarian Ministry of Agriculture and Food to jointly implement Bulgaria’s Animal Protection Law. This official agreement is the first of its kind in the European Union between a government and an animal welfare organization. Four Paws will be included in the planning, preparation and execution of all necessary rules and regulations. The main focus of the agreement is on farm animals, laboratory animals and animals in zoos and circuses. Four Paws has been active and best known in Bulgaria, for ending the cruel treatment of dancing bears, for its 12-hectare “Dancing Bears Park” near Belitsa town, for the animals’ rehabilitation, and for its caring efforts of homeless dogs.
To recognize the outstanding achievements and dedicated work of Four Paws in establishing Bulgaria’s Animal Protection Law and the protection of the dancing bears, Supreme Master Ching Hai honored Mr. Dadi Einarsson, Head of the Bulgarian Branch, with the Shining World Compassion Award. The crystal plaque, along with a letter expressing Master’s love and appreciation, was presented to Mr. Dadi Einarsson on June 19, Golden Year 6 (2009), by members of our Sofia Center. Thank you Four Paws for being such a noble example for other organizations and individuals to follow. May we all enjoy a kinder and more harmonious coexistence with our marvellous animal friends, bringing great peace to our world.