years ago this April, Jill Robinson first walked onto a bear bile farm. On that day in April 1993, Jill could have walked away, but she chose to act and do what she could. Today, you also have a choice. If everyone reading this donated just US$20, it would pay for the care of over 150 bears at our China sanctuary for a full year. Please help us celebrate 20 years of progress. Donate US$20 today (or whatever you can afford).
The recent application for public listing by Gui Zhen Tang Pharmacy has faced great opposition from the public across China. The practice of bear farming has also come under significant scrutiny and is being heavily criticized countrywide.
Overwhelming evidence shows that the bear farming industry causes significant physical and psychological suffering to approximately ten thousand bears throughout China. The potential health risks to those who consume bile products derived from such diseased animals should be of significant concern.
Internet sites, media reports and public surveys conducted by most of the major websites report that hundreds of thousands of people support the end of bear farming. The surveys show that more than 90% of respondents oppose this practice.
Animals Asia is greatly encouraged by these results and by such strong support from the general public of our work to end bear farming.
The Chinese people have a long history of caring for animals. The principle of harmony with nature is deeply rooted in Chinese culture, including traditional Chinese medicine. However, animal abuse has become progressively more serious in recent decades. The ongoing condemnation of bear farming shows that the Chinese public is speaking out against such abhorrent practices, and Animals Asia believes this signals an appropriate and urgent opportunity for the bear farming industry to end once and for all.
Animals Asia acknowledges that many issues will need to be addressed should bear farming end, including the interests of multiple parties. However, the decision and determination to end bear farming must be announced urgently so progress can be made towards identifying and rectifying the related concerns. Without such an announcement, the current problems will continue and the overall situation will become progressively harder to resolve.
Animals Asia looks optimistically towards addressing the problems surrounding the bear farming industry in China. We sincerely hope that professionals across the country, including those in the fields of animal protection, medicine, law, economics, education and culture can join together to assist the bears.
In addition, it is hoped that more legislators will listen to the voice of the public, and facilitate the end of bear farming through enacting appropriate policies and laws. We sincerely believe that the authorities will make the right decisions.
The Animals Asia team has been working since 1998* to protect the lives and interests of bears in China, accumulating significant knowledge and expertise during this time. We pledge every effort to assist all relevant parties in determining the practical solutions required for the ongoing process of ending bear farming, and offer our full help and support once bear farming ends.
*Some current Animals Asia members have also been working on the bear farming issue since 1993 (prior to the organizationís founding in 1998).