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).
Beartown bus service drives home message about Animals Asia’s work to end bile farming
Moonie’s got a ticket to ride: a unique first passenger on the new moon bear bus.
Brother bear: The welfare of bears resonates in the heart of Congleton.
Three moon bears will soon be seen travelling through the streets of Congleton, thanks to Baker Coaches, the operators of the Beartown bus service.
Beartown bus drivers were asked to name their buses after our moon bears. Carefully chosen from a list of over 200, the images of our Abracadabra, Stardust and Chance now adorn their buses.
As well as the name and picture of the three bears, the buses will also feature a large poster showing Bakers’ support for Animals Asia and our information leaflets will be available on each bus – helping to spread the word about our work.
The new-look buses were unveiled in Congleton on 10 August. Dave Neale and our very own Moonie joined Bakers Coaches managing director Phil Baker for the launch. Also there to show their support and Congleton’s commitment to the moon bears were Congleton Mayor Ernie Clarke, Jeanne Whitehurst, David Watson (Manager, East Cheshire Chamber of Commerce and Enterprise) and top entrepreneur Dawn Gibbins MBE DBA (Group Founder and CEO, Barefoot Living Ltd).
Mr Baker said, “Congleton’s connection with the bear dates back over 350 years. The partnership with Animals Asia marks the second anniversary of our operation of the Beartown buses. We are delighted to be able to link this service, and offer our support.”
This is not our first partnership in Congleton. We already have links with the Beartown Brewery, which was determined to make amends for a dark chapter in the town’s history – in Elizabethan times, Congleton was a centre for bear-baiting. The brewery produces a range of beers named after our bears. You can read about their beers here.
So next time you’re in Congleton, why not take a trip on a moon bear bus and stop off at the Bear Town Tap for a pint of Jolly Jasper? The Beartown buses provide a regular service on town routes covering Banky Fields, Bromley, Buglawton, Mossley and West Heath. Find out more about their service here.
Front kneeling (l to r):
Dave Neale (Animal Welfare Director, Animals Asia); Dawn Gibbins MBE DBA (Group Founder and CEO, Barefoot Living Ltd); Mark Henshall (Driver, Bakerbus)
Standing (l to r):
David Watson (Manager, East Cheshire Chamber of Commerce and Enterprise); Susan Johnson (MD's PA, Bakers Coaches); Phil Baker (Managing Director, Bakers Coaches); Jeanne Whitehurst, Ernie Clarke (Congleton Town Mayor); Brown Bear (Bakers Coaches); Moonie Bear (Animals Asia)