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).
Operation Charm – Traditional Chinese Medicine in the UK
Globally, the illegal trade in wildlife is estimated to be worth over £5 billion annually and is a major area of international crime.
In London the endangered species trade covers a variety of different commodities from traditional medicines to luxury goods, fashion items and food. The illegal trade in endangered species thrives in the UK and Operation Charm (a partnership of animal welfare/conservation charities, the Metropolitan Police, and the Mayor of London) is working against all aspects of the illegal trade but one of the most important is the trade in traditional Chinese medicine, some of which is made from endangered species.
This trade is rapidly expanding in many Western countries. Most of these medicines are made from herbs and other sustainable sources and are sold legally, but a minority is made from endangered species of animals and plants and the sale of these is illegal.
Animals Asia is proud to be working in partnership with the Metropolitan Police Wildlife Crime Unit to tackle the trade in bear parts. Our campaign has the support of members of the Chinese Embassy in the UK, the London Chinese Community Centre, and London Chinatown Chinese Association as well as many Traditional Chinese medicine Associations in China, Hong Kong and the UK.
The trade in bear bile products is illegal outside of China, yet illegal markets for such products exist throughout the world including the UK. Please click on this link to download our ‘Illegal Trade in Bears’ booklet.
This is a joint publication with the Metropolitan Police and Operation Charm to help raise awareness and ultimately end this illegal trade.
Animals Asia Foundation is working with the following organizations to help identify and eradicate the import and sale of bear bile products in the UK