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).
Animals Asia UK Business Supporters of the Year 2009
“All we know and do is about our businesses so to do something different means a lot to us. We would probably be no use rattling tins outside a train station but we feel we can do something for the corporate side of charity. We also plan to get other businesses to support Animals Asia.” Steve Ashcroft
Julie Stock and Steve Ashcroft are partners at home and in business, and run five companies between them.
Julie became aware bear farming after watching our Animal Planet documentary Moon bears: Journey to Freedom and decided to help make a difference. Since then they’ve raised over £30,000 for us.
Their new offices near Preston in Lancashire are adorned with four giant-sized canvas prints of the moon bears and all visitors to their offices are made fully aware of the plight of the moon bears and invited to make donations. Plus there is a huge moon bear banner hanging outside visible to traffic on a very busy road. When setting up their new offices they offered all their old furniture for free as long as people made a donation to the charity and this helped raise over £500.
Julie and Steve have also generously donated to name a bear -Gypsy, who was one of the surviving bears that arrived at the Chengdu sanctuary in March 2008. “As soon as they saw a picture of Gypsy they immediate suggested that they would support Gypsy for life”, says Steve.
Julie and Steve have stressed that getting involved is not just a short-term idea, as Julie says, “getting involved like this is a major commitment for many years to come, if not the rest of your life, and there is always something to do to try and help this cause.” They are also founding members of our Lancashire Support group and are steadily raising awareness and recruiting new supporters across the North West.
Their latest project is a calendar for 2010, featuring 12 daring vets and vet nurses posing in ‘calendar girl’ style to raise over £100,000 for the moon bears. True to their profession, the girls from the Rufford Veterinary Group in Lancashire chose to snuggle up their pets rather than pastries in this saucy (but tasteful) calendar featuring their favourite horses, dogs, rabbits, cats, and Mordecai, the falcon. The calendar also features 12 rescued moon bears and is available now.
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