29 October 2012: A letter from 144 influential groups in 23 countries has been sent to the prime minister of Vietnam urging him to stop the eviction of Animals Asia’s bear sanctuary in Tam Dao National Park. The signatories include prominent NGOs, animal welfare groups, charitable foundations, and a range of other organisations.
The letter was coordinated by the Asia for Animals committee, which represents international organisations with extensive knowledge of animal welfare issues.
The letter states: “On behalf of our members globally, I urge you to intervene in this matter and ensure that the rescue centre remains in Tam Dao National Park and that the team of Animals Asia is allowed to continue their vital rehabilitation and education work in partnership with the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development.”
Tuan Bendixsen, Animals Asia’s Vietnam Director: “Support from animal welfare experts, NGOs and other influential groups around the world, is very welcome at this time. We are extremely grateful for this incredible outpouring of support. It really demonstrates the depth of feeling over the eviction of these rescued bears, who have suffered enough already. We hope the prime minister hears the voices of the tens of thousands of people who have signed petitions and sent letters and e-mails calling for him to stop the eviction.”