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Jill Robinson MBE receives "You Bring Charm to China” award
Jill Robinson, Founder and CEO of Animals Asia has been awarded a "You Bring Charm to China” award at a ceremony held at the Beijing Century Theater on 20 September. The event was held by Phoenix Satellite Television and Tianjin TV to recognise 12 prominent foreign people that have enriched life in China through their contribution to business, education, medical care, disaster relief and environmental protection.
Jill is presented with her award by our good friend and supporter, Dr Dame Jane Goodall.
The event was attended by representatives from the United Nations Development Programme, and a host of officials and celebrities.
Ms Robinson, the founder of Animals Asia, received the award in recognition of her work in saving bears from bile farms in China. The award was presented by UN Peace Ambassador, Dr. Jane Goodall, and the director of Tianjin TV, Mr. Wan Kewei.
On receiving the award, Ms Robinson paid tribute to Animals Asia's Government partners the China Wildlife Conservation Association (CWCA) and the Sichuan Forestry Department and commented:
"Rescuing bears is the process of rescuing ourselves. Each bear that has regained its freedom gives us vital evidence of the true horror of the industry and gives me new hope, courage and confidence to keep going. It's so exciting to see that in a beautiful country like China, people's attitudes and perceptions of animals - and how closely we are interdependent - are undergoing a radical change.”
The other winners included Professor Luigi Colani, Father Josef Eugster, Guillaume and Delphine Gauvain, Khalid Malik, Josef Margraf, Bill Porter, K.L. Rothey, Dr George B Schaller, Hua Xinmin and Aoki Yoko.