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$20 today (or whatever you can afford).
Animals Asia Foundation has been awarded the Marchig Animal Welfare Award for 2004 by the respected international grant making charity - The Marchig Animal Welfare Trust.
Commenting on this Award which took the form of a cheque for US$ 20,000, Jeanne Marchig the Founder and Chairman of the Trustees said: “The Trustees once again received a large number of nominations for its annual Award from all over the world. With so many worthy candidates, it was very difficult to reach a decision. However we are pleased to make the Award to Animals Asia in recognition of the contribution it has made and continues to make to animal welfare in China. This remarkable organisation, is working tirelessly in the front line of the fight to end suffering and cruelty to animals in the bear bile farms of China and my fellow Trustees join with me in wishing Animals Asia every success in their ongoing efforts to bring this barbaric practice to an end”.
The award ceremony, hosted by David Martin Labour Party MEP for Scotland, took place in the Members Salon of the European Parliament in Brussels. Following the ceremony MEPs from the Intergroup for Animal Welfare provided further support by announcing a press conference to be held in Brussels in the Autumn calling for an escalation of the rescue and an end to bear farming by the 2008 Beijing Olympics. The press conference will take place on October 13th, hosted by members of the Intergroup for Animal Welfare, and will seek the support of leading sports stars within Europe due to attend the Beijing Olympics. This action will support the Chinese Government's efforts in closing the farms and confiscating the bears into the care of Animals Asia - and will increase political pressure to end bear farming once and for all.
Jill Robinson said ‘The Animals Asia Foundation is delighted to be recognised by the Marchig Trust with this prestigious award and extends sincere and grateful thanks to Jeanne Marchig and the other trustees of the Marchig Animal Welfare Trust and Members of the European Parliament who attended the event in Brussels. In addition, our sincerest thanks to MEPs from the Intergroup for Animal Welfare for announcing the press conference and so helping with our ongoing rescue of caged and farmed Moon Bears and in our goal of ending bear farming once and for all in China."
Jean Lambert MEP and Dr Caroline Lucas MEP - Green Party MEP’s for London and SE England respectively - have already pledged their personal support by writing to the Chinese Government calling for an end to bear farming.
More farms are due to close very soon and Animals Asia remains committed to working with government departments to bring this terrible practice ever closer to an end, whilst continuing to work with Chinese medical practitioners to source and promote the abundant herbal alternatives to bear bile. Our goal is end the cruel practice of bear farming by the 2008 Beijing Olympics.