Oh,this gorgeous black dog. For those of you enquiring how To Zhai (Rabbit) is doing – she is giving us a merry dance, that's for sure! Frustratingly, she is still in quarantine (well away from the bears and other dogs) after getting "the snuffles" at around Day 25 of keeping her isolated – which couldn't be more unfair.
It began with a journalist in Yunnan Province who was so incensed to see that a bear farm was applying to be listed on a stock exchange that he began posting messages on Sina Weibo (the Chinese version of Twitter) — and it all went from there.
To friends and supporters – a smile for Valentine’s Day in the form of our black/brown hybrid bear – gorgeous Emma.
It’s always the eyes — and those belonging to this little guy just stared and stared hypnotically into ours, begging to be released from the cage and taken far, far away from this terrible place.
Taiji dolphin slaughter 2011: The carnage continues and on 18th January we received a message regarding Leah Lemieux and a team of Japanese activists who filmed the slaughter of over 40 beautiful striped dolphins in Taiji that day. Although those killing the dolphins had erected tarpaulin around the area in an attempt to cover up their carnage, the tarp slipped at one point, allowing Leah to film.
Just this week we've seen the snow coming down in Chengdu - and what is it that the bears enjoy outside in their enclosures as they brave the elements? None other than ice lollies!
Our gorgeous blind bear Mityan is sponsored by Bev Hellyer and our support group in Queensland, Australia, where they are now suffering themselves in the floods hitting their region. In a bid to help Bev and our friends there smile I had wandered over to House 8 to grab a picture of their bear and came across the most beautiful scene of Mityan gently playing with Wilfred, also blind, in the grass.
I sometimes wonder if we spoil these bears a little too much. A description by China bear manager James in last week's report made me stop ..... and laugh out loud. John, our resident macaque, is clearly enjoying his dining experience in this pic snapped by fellow bear manager Charlie.
This week, HSI (Humane Society International) put out a press release after rallying the support of over 40 groups in China, which we have also joined in deploring the import of seal meat into China. This release follows a trip to Beijing by Canadian Fisheries Minister Gail Shea, who signed a cooperative arrangement with Chinese officials that she said would give Canada’s sealing industry access to the world’s largest consumer market.
To all of those across Queensland, Australia affected by the devastating floods, our hearts go out to you at this terrible time. We pray that the floods recede soon so that those affected can begin to rebuild their homes and lives. Our thanks to the rescue services, as they put themselves on the front line to help so many people in crisis.
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.