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All or nothing. This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Thu, July 25 2019 8:00 AM UTC +00:00.

About

The Last Dance looks at how a coalition of animal charities set about bringing to an end the barbaric practice of dancing bears on the streets of India.  

This highly-illustrated coffee-table hardback is written by animal activist Sean Whyte and Alan Knight OBE, Chief Executive of East Sussex charity International Animal Rescue that spearheaded the rescue of the bears who were controlled by ropes through their noses.
 

It describes how the nomadic Kalandar gypsies were persuaded to give up their dancing bears  - a tradition going back 300 years to the courts of the Mughal emperors - and accept alternative livelihoods. No bears were bought – their lives were traded in exchange for training the Kalandars in another profession.


The Last Dance takes the reader inside sanctuaries in Agra, Bhopal and Bannerghatta where the bears were re-homed and now enjoy a peaceful, contented retirement. They receive expert veterinary care to restore them to full health including treatment for their torn noses and infected muzzles. Specialist dental treatment is given to repair their broken teeth and end the agony of inflamed abscesses. 

In December this year, it will be ten years since Raju, the last dancing bear, walked up the stony road to the bear sanctuary in the Bannerghatta Biological Park near Bangalore, Southern India.  Royalties from the book will go towards helping IAR fund these sanctuaries - around £400,000 a year is needed - where the last remaining 300 bears are now living out their final years since they were rescued from their terrible tourist-driven torture.

Please help by either buying an advance copy of the book or a signed limited edition case-bound version of just 100 copies.

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We are well versed in book production, the design of the book is complete and we don't anticipate any problems during the production process with the printer that we know well. The books will go on press immediately after the Kickstarter has finished.

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