These past few weeks have seen indescribably exciting times with people across China now making their feelings very clear and calling for bear farming to end.
Not just in the UK but in China too – where he charmed the crowds, gave out flowers and reminded everyone that all bears should be free from cage bars and suffering.
With Valentine's Day finally here, Moonie the "Love Bear", as he now likes to be known, has declared today a day of Moon Bear Hugs and is off to spread some love around London. You can catch him in action around 11am beside the statue of Cupid in Piccaddilly Circus, and if you are lucky he might even give you a rose ...
Happy Valentines Day - to all who breathe life and love into our beautiful bears in China and Vietnam. Thank you for giving them all their first glimpse of Spring.
Maggie in playful spring mood in Vietnam
Freedom and her Prince
David loves Lamma
Béla loves life!
Almost every day something in bearland – whether in China or Vietnam – makes us laugh. These bears of ours are the most charismatic and unpredictable creatures on the planet – showing us time and time again how much we really have to learn about their unique characters and never-ending sense of fun.
Vietnam is fast becoming aware of the laws that protect the bears, with many officials now working closely with our Vietnam Director Tuan Bendixsen. These past couple of weeks are no exception as, together, Tuan and the authorities joined in a public-education programme in Ha Long Bay Vietnam — scene of many bear farmers clearly flouting the law.
Moonie's search for love continues — and I hear that he's closer than ever, but desperately needs your help too. Moonie's greatest wish is that you and your friends will befriend a moon bear for that special person in your life — and only then will our lonely moon bear find love.
As a very special day of romance draws near, I've just heard about a sad and lonely bear who's looking for love.
Celebrating both Chinese and Vietnamese New Year doesn't get better than welcoming in the new year with a brand new life. In this case, let us proudly introduce you to our beautiful new family member at our sanctuary in Tam Dao, Vietnam, with a lovely little message from vet nurse Caroline.
Jill heads Animals Asia’s team of over 300 enthusiastic staff. She divides her time between mainland China, Vietnam and Hong Kong, and travels frequently…READ MORE
Jill Robinson MBE
Jill heads Animals Asia’s team of over 300 enthusiastic staff. She divides her time between mainland China, Vietnam and Hong Kong, and travels frequently around the world to give presentations at conferences and speak at fundraising events.
A hands-on leader, Jill is involved in all major decision-making. She works with the vet and bear teams during rescues and health checks and advises closely on construction projects. She visits dog and cat markets and zoos and safari parks throughout China to document the abuse of animals and over the years has made countless visits to hospitals and homes for the elderly with her own and Animals Asia’s animal-therapy dogs.
She writes her own blog, her own speeches and presentations, is a regular contributor to newspapers and magazines and a frequent guest on radio and TV shows. She has also co-written a children’s book about moon bears and co-written a number of scientific papers with Animals Asia’s vet teams.
Born in the UK, Jill arrived in Hong Kong in 1985 and spent 12 years working in Asia as a consultant for the International Fund for Animal Welfare. Repeatedly faced with scenes of widespread animal cruelty, she decided to introduce the concept of “animal welfare through people welfare” and founded Dr Dog in Hong Kong in 1991 – the first animal-therapy programme in Asia.
Jill founded Animals Asia in 1998 – five years after an encounter with a caged bear on a farm in southern China changed her life forever. Learning that bear bile could be replaced by herbs, she vowed to put an end to bear bile farming. Since then, Animals Asia has rescued over 530 bears in China and Vietnam.
In 2010, both Animals Asia’s China and Vietnam rescue centres were awarded the Carole Noon Award for Sanctuary Excellence and in 2014 they were accredited by the Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries – the only sanctuaries in China and Vietnam to have received this honour.
Jill is a Council Member of the World Federation of Chinese Medicine Societies (WFCMS) Herbal Committee and her outstanding contribution to animal welfare has been recognised with a number of awards. In 1995, she won the “Reader’s Digest” Hero for Today award. In 1998, she was made an MBE by Queen Elizabeth of England. In 2008, she was named “Outstanding Earth Champion” in Hong Kong and was appointed World Animal Day Ambassador for Asia. In 2010, she was one of 12 recognised foreigners given the “You Bring Charm to China” award.
Jill received an honorary doctorate in veterinary science from the University of Zurich, Switzerland in 2012, and an honorary law degree from the University of Nottingham Ningbo China in 2014.
She shares her home in Hong Kong with her family of rescued dogs, cats and a tortoise.