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).
Animal protection has always been a part of Chinese culture; previous Chinese dynasties provided protection for a number of animals and Buddhism introduced mercy and non killing into Confucianism. In more recent times these tradition's has been neglected.
In the past 20 years we have seen an increasing number of Chinese citizens re-connecting with these ancient philosophies. China has seen the development of over 60 animal protection organisations, a media organisation dedicated to tackling animal suffering and we are now debating the development of an animal protection law for China to protect farm, companion, laboratory, and captive animals from cruelty. This is evidence that the protection of animals is very much a part of Chinese culture and people are beginning to call for further measures to protect animals across the country.
What we are doing
Grass-roots education is a vital first step towards mass improvement of animal welfare across China . In 2006 we proudly hosted the first ever China Companion Animal Symposium. This ground-breaking event saw 32 Chinese animal welfare groups from across China join together to share the many problems they face and call with one voice for new solutions to help animals in China. The success of these symposiums continues to grow and in 2009 we held the 3rd symposium which saw 130 delegates, representing 63 animal-welfare groups and veterinary clinics from across the country once again coming together to speak as one voice for animals in China. Read more here.
We also provide advice and support to both animal protection groups and regional governments on the management of dog and cat shelters. For more information click here.
How you can help
We urge you to do all that you can to encourage the Chinese Government to adopt animal protection legislation for all animals in China. Please write a polite letter to the Chinese Ambassador and send it to the main embassy address in your country. Embassy addresses can be found here.