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).
To celebrate World Animal Day 2011, Animals Asia Foundation joined Tencent, a popular website portal in China, to launch the nationwide “Sharing Love with Them” online photo contest.
Launched earlier in the year, with Hong Kong superstar Karen Mok as its ambassador, the contest culminated on World Animal Day on 4 October, with winners picked in several categories.
Now in its second year, this photo contest continues to increase in popularity. Over 9,600 netizens who care for animals across the country participated in the event by uploading their photos, or leaving messages of support on the webpage.
Now five of the best photos have been selected from thousands of great entries as the overall winners in different categories, with over 120 more terrific photos also receiving awards.
The winner of “We are happy together” is from Sichuan Province, Western China. A beautiful photo, revealing the harmonious coexistence of human beings and animals.
The national prize for “Just like family” is from Zhejiang province, Eastern China. Grandfather, grandson and family dog, reminiscent of three generations of family sitting together.
The winning photo for “Creative photo for anti-cat and dog eating” came from Fujian Province. Supporters created posters proclaiming “fighting against eating cat and dog”, took to the streets to attract passers-by and spread the message about caring for animals.
The “Most moving rescue story” prize encourages giving stray animals a new life via rescues and adoptions. This little dog “Wang Xiaofei” was adopted by Mr Wang and is now living a happy, adventurous life, with a wheelchair customised by Mr Wang, especially for him.
Joining the competition for the first time this year, Hong Kong submitted high quality, eye-catching photos. Among them was this winning piece, “Do not abandon animals after you have kids”, showing a much-loved family dog resting on his expectant guardian’s body.
Through the common language of photos, this contest is a call for more people to care for animals who are our friends, not food.
We will soon be taking an exhibition of the photos on the road, with award ceremonies planned for the following cities: Guangzhou, Chengdu, Shenzhen, Beijing, Dalian, Xi’an and Hong Kong.
We are also inviting local groups to help conduct a nationwide roadshow of these winning photos in different cities across China.
We hope that animal protectors, animal welfare organizations, university organizations and volunteers can join us this November to celebrate World Animal Day 2011 by arranging an exhibition in their area and helping us to spread the message, Love animals, respect life!