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 is delighted to hear the news that the China Rodeo scheduled for October 2011 has been postponed. Rodeo is an inherently cruel form of entertainment, disrespectful to the welfare of animals and contributing to the desensitisation of viewers to animal violence. Acts of such cruelty condition children to regard sentient animals simply as objects to be used and abused for entertainment.
We congratulate the Chinese Animal Protection organisations for their tireless campaign in opposition to the China Rodeo. Animals Asia have supported this campaign through our own letter writing to the authorities and organisers and generating opposition from 11 international NGOs as part of the Asia for Animals coalition.
There is still much more to do to prevent the Rodeo event being re-scheduled for the Spring of 2012, and we will continue to provide support to the Chinese Animal Protection organisations to oppose any re-scheduling. The US organisers underestimated the strength of opposition to animal cruelty from within China by seeking approval for this event, if a new date is arranged the level of opposition both within China and internationally will be even stronger.