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).
When Karen Mok made contact with us because she had been so moved by the plight of the bears and felt that she wanted to help, we were very grateful and touched by her generosity. However, little did we know that, in fact we would not only be getting Karen’s support, but also getting the support of her wonderful family!
Her mother, Eleanor, works tirelessly for the bears, drumming up support and donations from all quarters and we have been proud to make her an Animals Asia Honorary Director; her brother Trevor helped with the design of the gorgeous ‘Moon Bear’ watch that Karen has produced in conjunction with famous Swiss watch maker ‘Movado’; and now Karen’s father, Alan, has recently produced a delightful cook book of recipes for his favourite soups – entitled “Nutritious Soups for my Dearest Karen”. Not only has Alan so generously agreed to donate all proceeds from his share of the sales of the book to Animals Asia, but he also has included the plea from Karen to “help her rescue the bears” in the book.
In addition, Alan has written the following insightful Note in the book urging his readers to treat animals with more respect:
"All creatures have a living spirit, which deserves our respect and cherishment. The preservation of life is a virtue, and I would ask that everyone refrain from ill-treating animals. The Chinese believe that a family that accumulates good deeds shall have good fortune to spare, and conversely, a family that accumulates evil deeds shall have an abundance of misfortune.
For this reason, every generation of my family has tried to do good, to store up a wealth of good fortune for future generations.
My share of the profit from this book will be donated to the Animals Asia Foundation, for the purpose of rescuing abused Chinese Moon Bears.
Like the panda, the Chinese Moon Bear is an animal on the verge of extinction in the wild. But while pandas are universally adored, the typical lot of the Moon Bear is to be held captive in a cage so small it can barely turn around in, to have its bile extracted daily – by means of a tap fitted into the body! That such barbarism can be committed upon innocent creatures in the name of "health" for human beings really beggars belief.
The belief that bear bile is an effective treatment for cancer is a fallacy that has no factual basis whatsoever. Common sense alone is enough to tell us that a bear, brutalized in such an inhumane way, is bound to be prey to all kinds of infections and diseases. Consuming the bile from such an animal can only be detrimental to any cancer patient foolish enough to do so.
This is something I know from first-hand experiences several years ago, despite any warnings a personal friend suffering from cancer tried bear bile as an alternative treatment - and passed away within a month. As a matter of fact, there have long been effective herbal substitutes for bear bile, and there is no longer any need to resort to medicines made from such cruel practices.
There is one more piece of advice I would like to give to readers. The civet cat, as is now well-known, is the source and origin of the SARS virus. A lot of other wild game which the Chinese are fond of, such as armadillos and owls, scavenge the dead bodies of other animals. The gallbladder of the snake is full or parasites. To partake of such animals is not only cruel but also hazardous to one's health."
10,000 books have been published in Traditional Chinese/English (for Hong Kong and Taiwan) while 15,000 books will be published for Simplified Chinese/English (for China, Singapore & Malaysia).
From all of us on the team – thank you to the entire Mok family for their support and generosity!
Profits from the sale of "Delicious Soups for my Dearest Karen", written by Karen's father, were donated to Animals Asia!