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).
Tamme Matthew (instructor), Sandi Pyper (instructor), Colleen Burns (volunteer group leader), Brenda Dowell (instructor and studio owner), Anita May (instructor).
On October 14, 2012 Animals Asia’s Southwestern Ontario Volunteer Group hosted “Boogie for Bears,” in St. Thomas, Ontario, Canada ― an afternoon of yoga and Nia (a combination of yoga, martial arts and dance) to raise much needed funds and awareness for Animals Asia’s work to end bear bile farming.
Held at Enjoy the Journey Yoga Studio, instructors encouraged bending, stretching, and boogieing participants to enjoy their flexibility, while thinking of the bears who are trapped in cages, unable to move.
Four forty-five minute classes began with overviews of the plight of the bears and Animals Asia’s work to help them. Instructors got into the spirit of the moon bears, with many moon and bear related poses.
Says Southwestern Ontario Volunteer Group leader, Colleen Burns, “We jumped, twirled, pirouetted, and boogied… we laughed, whooped, and roared like bears, sending our love and hope to them. We moved and danced for the bears, a freedom we should never take for granted.”