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).
Letter from World Association of Zoos & Aquariums (WAZA) to the ChineseGovernment
The President of the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums (WAZA) has recently dispatched a letter to the Chinese Government registering the concern of WAZA towards the practice of bear farming in China. Animals
Asia sends heartfelt thanks to Mr. Ed McAlister AO, for WAZA's support of our historic China Bear Rescue and for their clear message calling for an end to an unconscionable and unnecessary trade.
Transcription of WAZA Letter to the Chinese Government:
"I register the concern of the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums (WAZA) regarding the practice of bear farming in China. Since the industry began in the early 1980's, no scientific evidence has emerged which presents any benefit from this practice in the conservation of the country's three species of endangered bears.
There is much evidence from the veterinary profession that, with the free dripping method of bile extraction, there is a significantly high mortality rate on China¡¦s bear farms. There are also serious animal welfare concerns related to the deliberate de-clawing, de-toothing, inappropriate containment (caging) and various types of physical and mental treatment of these animals. WAZA is concerned with practices which are clearly harmful to animal welfare and which do not support the conservation of endangered species, particularly since medically, there appear to be abundant herbal and synthetic alternatives to bear bile which exist on the local and global market today.
In recent years, China has experienced dramatic change and growth in all areas, which has led to an increased interest in business investments and tourism opportunities from the international community. As the
spotlight continues to shine on China in the lead up to the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games, it would be internationally well received if practices such as bear farming were no longer supported and policies and practices
which promoted animal welfare and conservation were put in place.
In closing, I draw your attention to the agreement between the Animals Asia Foundation and the Government departments of Beijing China Wildlife Conservation Association (CWCA) and the Sichuan Forestry Department
(SFD), to rescue 500 farmed and endangered Asiatic Black Bears (Ursus selenarctos thibetanus) and their work towards the elimination of bear farming. This is clearly one of the most significant steps ever taken to
address the welfare of farmed bears, as well as the conservation of a species as a whole and I support their efforts wholeheartedly. I extend my sincerest congratulations and appreciation to the Government
departments involved in this partnership and commend their admirable work towards eliminating this practice.
I look forward to your response, which hopefully will be an extension and commitment to the good work which has already begun."