We’ve had some shocking news. After working so hard over so many years to build a world-class sanctuary for the bears rescued from Vietnam’s bile farms, we are being asked to leave.
On Friday 5 October, the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) informed Animals Asia that the Ministry of Defence had issued an order to evict the entire sanctuary operation and its 104 rescued bears. There is no justification for this.
It's believed the park director, Do Dinh Tien, lobbied the Ministry of Defence to evict Animals Asia, so he can hand the land to Truong Giang Tam Dao Joint Stock Company, of which his daughter is part-owner. The company intends to build commercial property including a tourist park and hotels.
The closure would see 104 bears that have been rescued from the bile industry evicted, 77 local Vietnamese staff made unemployed, and financial losses to Animals Asia of more than US$2 million.
After years of trauma from
being locked up in small cages and milked for their bile, our bears are now enjoying dens, enclosures and friends to play with. These bears
will be forced to return to cages to be relocated. This will have a
major negative impact on their mental and physical well-being. It is
likely to take at least two years to establish a new centre with outdoor
What we’re doing
We’re fighting this eviction notice every step of the way, appealing directly to the Vietnamese authorities, enlisting help from the international community, the media and other NGOs. But most of all we need your help.
How you can help
Please write to the Prime Minister of Vietnam, and appeal to him to allow Animals Asia’s Vietnam bear sanctuary, which he previously approved and endorsed, to continue operations, and expand, in line with the government’s original agreement.
1. Email Prime Minister Mr Nguyen Tan Dung
Alternatively, to mail/fax the Prime Minister click here
2. Sign our online petition
3. Spread the word
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As always, thank you for supporting our campaign. We need you now more than ever.
Sincerely... for the bears,
Jill Robinson MBE, Dr.med.vet. h.c.
Founder and CEO