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).
An Early Day Motion, or EDM, is the term used to describe notices of motions given by Members of Parliament in the UK. Effectively, the tabling of an EDM is a device to draw attention to an issue, and to elicit support for it by the means of inviting other Members of Parliament to add their signatures to the motion.
Andrew Rosindell MP and Robert Marshall-Andrews MP have submitted a number of EDMs to help gain political support and end to bear farming. The latest EDM is EDM number 489 submitted by Andrew Rosindell MP in Dec 2006
That this House welcomes the progress that is being made by the Animals Asia Foundation towards bringing an end to the abhorrent abuse of over 7,000 bears on farms in China; recognises that bear farmers and stakeholders in the industry continue to maintain that conditions on the farms are humane, whilst some evidence points to the contrary; notes that bears are kept for up to 22 years in cramped, rusting cages, with little room to stand up or turn around; further notes that bears continue to suffer in the most deplorable conditions, with metal catheters implanted deep into their gallbladders and infected fistula holes in their abdomens, enabling farmers to milk the bears for their bile twice daily; congratulates the Chinese government's work in partnership with the Animals Asia Foundation in rescuing 218 bears from bear farms to date; and calls upon the British Government to do everything in its power to encourage the Chinese government to bring about an urgent end to this barbaric practice, and to meet Chinese government officials in order to raise serious concerns at a national level.
We are very grateful to Mr. Rosindell and Mr. Marshall-Andrews for continually highlighting the barbaric practice of bear farming to members of the UK Government, and for their continued commitment towards our work.