The threat of eviction has been lifted for the 104 bears living at the Animals Asia Rescue Center in Vietnam! Since October 5, 2012, the bears had been under threat of being forced to leave their rescue center, which would have meant extreme hardship for all the rescued bears.
Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung issued a communiqué stating that the rescue center will be maintained, and construction on the second phase of the project will continue.
The 104 rescued bears will be staying at their homes at the center, and the local staff will be keeping their jobs.
Tuan Bendixsen, Vietnam Director, Animals Asia, expressed his gratitude to the Prime Minister and his wish to continue working together with the government to end the practice of bile bear farming and to protect the bear species.
Jill Robinson MBE, Founder and CEO, Animals Asia, commented, “We want to sincerely thank the tens of thousands of supporters from around the world who wrote letters, sent e-mails and signed petitions calling for the eviction to be stopped.”
Animals Asia runs a beautiful facility in Chengdu, China, for bears rescued from bile bears farms in China, and in recent years opened the Vietnam facility on 12 hectares (29 acres) of Tam Dao national Park to rehabilitate and provide a home for bears rescued from bile bear farms in Vietnam. Bile bear farming is an extremely cruel practice, in which bears are kept in horrible conditions for many years, while their bile is extracted to be used as a form of medicine, even though many effective herbal and synthetic alternatives are available.
In China, 10,000 bears are still being held on bile bear farms, and around 2,400 in Vietnam. Animals Asia works together with the Chinese and Vietnamese governments to secure the release of the bears, who must then undergo extensive rehabilitation and be provided sanctuary for life.
Congratulations to Animals Asia for this victory, and for the profoundly worthwhile work they do saving the bears!
Information was provided by the January 16, 2013 press release written by Stuart Lennon, Senior Communications Manager, Animals Asia.
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