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).
Last summer we held meetings with environmental protection groups from high-schools and universities across China and were so moved by the enthusiasm of the students that we decided to set up "Friends of Animals Asia" China Support Groups.
This partnership aims to build up long term co-operation between Animals Asia and students who represent a compassionate new future for China. With their support we can increase the impact of our message "Rescue Black Bears, Give Up Using Bear Bile" by reaching out and educating a wider section of the general public about bear farming and the concept of animal welfare in China.
"Friends of Animals Asia" are working together with Animals Asia under agreed principles and regulations, and we are supplying the support groups with event materials such as display boards, newsletters, our "China Bear Rescue....the beginning" and "Dr. Eddie: Friend or Food?" films (both in Mandarin), TCM educational packs, and help where needed.
So far, our support groups include "Beijing Chinese Medicine University", " Jiang Chinese Medicine University", "Guang Xi Chinese Medicine University" and the Environmental Support Group of Shan Xi High School. Within weeks of being established, these groups went into action:
Students from Beijing Chinese Medicine University held a series of China Bear Rescue photo exhibitions and collected signatures of support from three high schools in Beijing.
Students from the Green Power Society from Zhe Jiang University rolled out a series of exhibitions and promotional activities to 15 high schools in Zhe Jiang. Their activities include photo exhibitions, leaflet distribution, sharing their experience of visiting the Moon Bear Rescue Centre with other students, and collecting signatures of support from the public.
The support groups enable us to establish direct contact with the public throughout the nation and help our work. We believe that together we can become a strong, powerful and synergistic team to promote bear rescue and end bear farming, while educating the public about animal welfare. Our aim is for "Friends for Animals Asia" support groups to expand to every corner of China!