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).
Our free Animals Asia Moon Bear Rescue education packs are now available.
Animals Asia Foundation believes one of the primary responsibilities of an animal welfare charity is the education and inspiration of young people, and through this helping to end cruelty and restore respect for animals worldwide – to look after those who share this planet with us but who have no voice.
We have an extensive education campaign running across ten countries in Asia to raise awareness and change attitudes of young people towards companion animals with our Friends or Food? campaign. In addition, our specially selected dog ambassadors, known as Professor Paws, accompany Animals Asia staff into schools both in Hong Kong and mainland China to teach pupils how to respect and behave around animals.
The education campaign is extended to Animals Asia's Moon Bear Rescue project, raising awareness of the cruelty involved in the farming of Asiatic black bears for their bile, and showing young people that herbal and synthetic alternatives exist for use in traditional Chinese medicines. There is an extensive education centre in the moon bear sanctuary in Chengdu, Sichuan province, visited by hundreds of local school children each year, and an outreach programme to schools across China.
With the success of the education programme in Asia, Animals Asia UK has produced an education pack for pupils in UK schools, helping to raise awareness for the Moon Bear Rescue campaign. An important part of this pack is the opportunity for UK schools to set up links, through Animals Asia, with Chinese schools and help facilitate a meaningful exchange of views on many topics, particularly attitudes to animal welfare. This would also fulfil requirements for global citizenship for many schools.
This full colour pack is free of charge for interested schools and aimed at pupils between the ages of 8-13 (keystages 2 and 3). It includes facts, quizzes, competition ideas and a powerpoint presentation for use by teachers. It is cross-curricular and can be used by English, Art, Science, Geography, and IT teachers.
Speakers are available, on request, to address school assemblies or individual year groups about our moon bear rescue.
Schools that include visits to China as part of their studies, would be warmly welcomed to the Animals Asia moon bear sanctuary in Chengdu.
The Animals Asia UK team is very grateful to its committed supporters who have already volunteered to go into local schools and distribute flyers about the education pack. Some have even agreed to give talks in schools if requested. We are always looking for additional supporters to cover an even wider area of the country, or to distribute flyers to interested parents/teachers at fundraising events.
Flyers are available from Nicky on 07778 313250 or email her here. For those brave enough to consider speaking at school assemblies or to individual year groups, a powerpoint presentation with script and images is available on DVD from Nicky.