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).
March 2008: We are appalled with recent news that cat colonies are being rounded up from the streets of Beijing as part of the “cleansing” of the city for the Olympic Games. Since this news was reported, we have been working with a local group, Capital Welfare Association, and talking directly with the Agriculture Department of the Beijing Government, which is in charge of stray cat confiscation.
Although we have yet to receive direct confirmation that local residents are abandoning their cats as a result of fear of disease, we are however deeply concerned that a great many cats currently fed by local residents and welfare groups are now being collected and taken to Government-run pounds. According to people on the ground, the welfare and management of these facilities is grim and the cats are apparently being left to die of starvation and disease.
Together with members of the Capital Welfare Association, we are asking the local authorities to allow us to visit their confiscation centres in Beijing. We are offering to discuss proper short-term management and care, together with more long-term help in a programme that would release vaccinated, micro-chipped and de-sexed cats back to the areas from which they came. Such TNR (trap, neuter, release) programmes are already showing how street cats can integrate safely and harmoniously with local communities in countries across the world – including China. We have recently funded a similar programme in Guangzhou and are setting the standard of vet care in Guangzhou, Shenzhen, and soon Chengdu with our vet team outreach programmes, which are providing training at vets clinics in basic spay/neuter programmes and animal care.
Although the government Agriculture Department has expressed a vague interest in talking with us and local groups, they have still not offered us a date on which to meet.
Thank you for supporting our work – we hope that the Government will offer more positive news soon and we will update our website as soon as more information becomes available.