Annual Information Statement 2013

Legal Name
Free the Bears Ltd

Section A: Charity Information

Charity has a financial year ending 30 June
Financial year ends
Information Unavailable
Charity size
Purposes of charity
Other: The primary objectives of the Association are (a) To protect, conserve and enhance the natural environment. This includes but is not limited to -(i) Increasing the awareness in Australia of the plight of endangered wildlife, and in particular, endangered' bears;(ii)Motivating the Australian public to prevent cruelty to bears and to promote animal and conservation policies that advance the well-being of bears;(iii) Launching public education programs in Australia on the preservation and protection of the natural habitat of bears;(iv) Assisting in the transfer of endangered bears into Australian zoos and sanctuaries;(v) Improving the welfare of endangered bears by reducing commercial exploitation and, in particular, supporting the research into the manufacture and use of herbal and synthetic substitutes to replace bear bile;(vi) Mounting rescue and relief operations to help bears in distress; and(vii) Assisting in the establishment of bear sanctuaries in Asia.
Basic Religious Charity
Charity is part of an approved ACNC reporting group

Section B: Activities

Activities in the 2013 reporting period
Main activity
Animal protection
General activities
  • Animal protection
  • Environmental activities
  • International activities
  • Research
Description of charity’s activities and outcomes
Free the Bears Fund works with expert affiliate and partner groups on projects that will make a significant impact on animal welfare, conservation and awareness. The Charity works with national and provincial government partners to ensure the best chance of long-term success for each programme. Primary objectives for 2012/13 included;Continued support for efforts aimed at reducing illegal poaching of bears in Cambodia, and further development of the Cambodian Bear Sanctuary as a world-class facility for life-long care of bears and public educationIncreased support for efforts aimed at ending bear bile farming in Lao PDR through ground-breaking research into wild bear populations, enhanced environmental awareness amongst the general public and continued care for any bears rescued from exploitive situationsOngoing support for the life-time care of former dancing bears in India and monitoring of Kalandar communities to ensure that alternative livelihoods adopted following the cessation of bear dancing are sustainable and lead to improved welfare for the community.
Changing or introducing activities in the next reporting period
Beneficiaries helped by charity’s activities in the 2013 reporting period

Section C: Resources and operating locations

Estimated number of unpaid volunteers who worked for the charity during the 2013 reporting period
  • Full time employees: 34
  • Part time employees: 11
  • Volunteers: 200
Where the charity operated during the 2013 reporting period
  • Australian Capital Territory
  • New South Wales
  • Northern Territory
  • Queensland
  • South Australia
  • Tasmania
  • Victoria
  • Western Australia
  • Other Countries
    • KHM
    • IND
    • IDN
    • LAO
    • THA
    • VNM

Section D: Reporting and regulatory obligations (This section is optional)

State or territory charity had non-corporate reporting obligations to
  • New South Wales
  • Queensland
  • South Australia
  • Victoria
  • Western Australia

Section E: Financial information provided voluntarily

2013 Financial report
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