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).
Children are the future leaders for our vision of creating kindness and respect to animals in China - and a recent visit to our China Bear Rescue Sanctuary by nearly thirty 10-12 year olds gave all of us in the team of Animals Asia optimism and hope that new animal ambassadors here are turning a tide of change.
Representing their club - the Association of Love - the students and teachers of Da Tian Kan School were given a tour of the Sanctuary and introduced to the bears. The children passed by our new herb garden and learned about the alternatives to bear bile in Traditional Chinese Medicine, they walked around empty bear cages and saw for themselves the torture of life on a farm, they stood silently by the graves and heard how each bear was given a name, a cross - and remembered with love and respect, and they crowded around the Rehab area for disabled bears and the forest zones for able bodied bears, watching and laughing as our own animal ambassadors played and ran around in the sun.
Then it was the children's turn.............and, led by their inspirational Principal Miss He, their performance brought tears to everyone's eyes as they recited poems and stories from the "mouths" of caged and tortured bears and then spoke of their joy in seeing free and happy bears enjoying their new lives - and having the choice of how to live each day.
Finally, we all spoke of how the choices we make in our everyday lives can affect individuals and whole species of animals in China and across the world. As we all signed a banner pledging to work together in harmony to protect animals now and in the future we knew that our journey of a thousand miles to end bear farming had taken another significant step forward.