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).
Chengdu students show their support for Moon Bear Rescue
2 May 2010: As the latest group of rescued bears settled into their new home at the Moon Bear Rescue Centre near Chengdu, our China Education Team celebrated Earth Day with a road-show for students and the general public at a popular mall in Chengdu town.
With the co-operation of the largest book mall in town, Education Officer Jacky and team set up the day-long event, re-creating our Education Room at the rescue centre in the mall. The display included a gallery of children's drawings showing the grim reality of bile farming, Caesar's full metal jacket – removed from her body after almost 10 years – and Franzi's tiny crush cage which stunted her growth, causing long term ailments which ultimately led to her death in 2009.
While students participated in the activities organized, the display was open to the public and generated great interest from other visitors to the mall.
The stark reality of a torturous metal jacket and crush cage.
The education team sent the following report:
On the 41st Earth Day, we got our first “Moon Bear Action Week” off the ground at Xinhua Winshare book store. After an extraordinary launch ceremony, a special group of volunteers gathered from different universities and a bicycle team, headed out to publicise our “Healing without Harm” programme, encouraging the discontinuance of animal products in traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), and encouraging TCM users to only use animal free medicines.
Back at the mall, a crowd of primary students participated a wonderfully creative interactive game called “Set Moon Bears Free”. We had made a cage, the bars of which were made of strings of wishing cards and with a picture of a suffering bear (our tragic, beloved bear Chengdu Truth) at the back of the cage. The students eagerly removed each card, symbolically breaking the bars to set the bear free.
Meanwhile, we continued to spread the information that we can all be a part of change, do whatever we can do to help the bears – such as informing family and friends the facts about bear farming, not buying or using any bile products, helping to spread information, etc. Our message was that while you may not be able to do everything, you can definitely do something to help these poor bears – every little thing can change the world.
Students hold up symbolic broken bars, to set the bears free.
Local primary students and the Chengdu Roots and Shoots team.
When the students had removed all the cards from the bars, our mascot bear Moonie came out to join them. Children from the local “Roots and Shoots” team created a wonderful bear graffiti on the wall and other supporters made toys for the bears using recyclable materials.
At the end of activities, Jacky gave a presentation for all participants on our latest rescue, bringing them the most up to date information from the rescue centre and news on how the new bears are doing.
Thanks the Xinhua Winshare book store for providing us with such a wonderful place to hold our road-show, letting more people know that we don’t need bear bile.
Over 20 support groups in 10 cities held Moon Bear Action Week themed activities this year. We hope that raising awareness through these activities will see more and more people join us in the coming years.
Passing shoppers are surprised but interested in the unexpected exhibition.
The exhibition and activity space displaying information on bear farming.
The ever-popular Moonie joins the students for some fun games and activities.
The children's paintings say it all: sadness for the bears and shared hope for the future.
A gallery of children's art depicting the truth of bear farming.
The Roots and Shoots team create a moon bear wall graffiti