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).
On Friday 5th September, the Perth bear rescue group held a fundraiser and celebration of Animals Asia's 10th anniversary attended by 120 people in South Perth.
Steve “Millsy” Mills from 6PR compared the night which began with excerpts from the Animal Planet documentary “Moon Bears – Journey to Freedom” followed by presentations from Rae Joy (Animals Asia volunteer) on the recent bear rescue in China, the affects of the earthquake in Sichuan province and an update on current rescues at the Vietnam Bear Rescue Centre. Sharon Holden (Animals Asia's animal behaviourist) then spoke about the enrichment and training programs used to keep the rescued bears physically and mentally healthy. For many attending, the event raised awareness about bear bile farming and the work of Animals Asia in China and Vietnam. We all cried at the images and stories of the suffering these bears go through and then smiled at the photos of rescued bears playing with their enrichment or just lazing around in their new spacious enclosures.
The night was a huge success raising $9,400 for Honey Money Days. Big bear hugs and thanks to all of those who attended and of course to our generous sponsors and volunteers on the night whom we have listed below:
Aura Beauty, Applecross
Derek Smith – for generous donation of original animal photos
Fay and Peter Fels (Brookside Winery)
Gloria Jeans Leederville
Marty Dzienis (photographer for the event)
Mazneh Manfor (Como Orthodontic Centre)
Novotel Swan Valley Vines Resort
One World Vegetarian Restaurant - Kardinya
Steve “Millsy” Mills 6PR
The Growers (Margaret River)
Vetlink Employment Service
Wine Industry Association of WA
Yolanda (Unleashed Pet Products)
And other generous cash donors – Rebecca Leask and family, Michelle Raymond, Kathie Mauger, Paul Conlin, Margerat Watson,
Perth Zoo staff
Exotic section - Antony Taggart, Karen Rotherham, Bel Picchio, Shelley Craig, Katy Saunders, Trueman Faulkner, Dean Main, Emma Gatehouse, Sophie Lourandos,
Vet Dept – Carly Palmer, Lian Yeap, Michelle Rouffignac, Karen Payne,
Education – Hayley Bullimore
Docent Association – Kathy Holden, Eveline Read
Native Species Breeding Program – Cathy Lambert, Lisa Mantellato, Glen Gaikhorst, Daniel Jose, Jasmine Ferguson, Bradie Durell, Renee Kruger
Our wonderful local Animals Asia group – Elizabeth, Anne, Cheryl, Dale, Kate, Zane, Tracey, Sharon and Rae.
And of course, the generous people who bought tickets and also volunteered their time!
Sharon Holden, AAF’s Animal Behaviourist, addressing the crowd.
Rae Joy has volunteered at both of AAF’s Rescue Centres.