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).
With the help of the Australasian Regional Association of Zoological Parks and Aquaria (ARAZPA), Australians and New Zealanders have sent a clear message to Beijing that they support Animals Asia’s campaign to end bear bile farming.
Three large boxes of petitions signed by more than 110,000 people were handed over to Jill Robinson and our Australian Director, Anne Lloyd-Jones at the National Zoo and Aquarium in Canberra on 20 February 2009 by the zoo’s Director, Richard Tindale and Trent Russell, the General Manager.
ARAZPA members had collected the signatures over the previous18 months from visitors to its zoos and aquaria around Australia and New Zealand. The petition applauds the Chinese government’s efforts so far and encourages the authorities to go further by working with Animals Asia to bring and end to the brutal industry.
A group of Animals Asia supporters and zoo staff were present at the zoo to hear an update from Jill as she accepted the names. Later that same day, Jill, Anne and Jude Siekmann from our Adelaide office delivered the petitions to the Chinese Embassy in Canberra. This followed a very positive meeting with a representative from the Chinese Embassy the previous day.
We also had some great media coverage!
A very big thank you to Richard and Trent and also to ARAZPA President and Perth Zoo Chief Executive, Susan Hunt, who launched the signature campaign in Perth on 2 August. And thank you too to all you supporters for adding your names to the petitions and ensuring that your voices are heard in Beijing.
National Zoo and Aquarium Director Richard Tindale and Jill look through the petitions.
Jill accepts the petitions from the zoo's General Manager Trent Russell and Richard Tindale.