First of all a huge thank you to all of you who sent such kind and inspiring “birthday” messages on Animals Asia’s 10th anniversary. I wish I had the time to reply to you all individually, but I’m sure you understand …
Terrible news I’m afraid. Two more of the 28 bears that came to us at the end of March have lost their battle to survive. First Irwin, then Yin Yang, both in the past two weeks. It’s heartbreaking to think these beautiful, brave bears came so close to living the life they were born to live and yet were too weak to ever know the joy of running on the grass.
One of our staunchest US supporters, Dr Eric H Busch of New Orleans, has put together a brilliant power point presentation, "Bear Bile .... fact and science". If you'd like to learn more about bear bile and why it is totally unnecessary, please see his Powerpoint presentation here or listen to the presentation here.
Street cats in Guangzhou (the cat-eating capital of China) have a second chance thanks to an amazing group working there on the ground (helped by much-needed funds from Animals Asia).
So proud to let you know that our UK team achieved the impossible this weekend. I don't who had the original idea but before we knew it, our UK Director Dave and his team were telling us that they were going to rise to the challenge of walking the three peaks of the UK - Ben Nevis, Scarfell and Snowdon - and all in 24 hours! Calling them on Saturday evening China time just before they set off, it was clear they were wondering what on earth they were doing. An excited Dave said they were as ready as they could be, although did I detect slightly nervous laughter in the background as I wished them all the best of British luck!
Our animal-therapy dogs are fundamental to the success and flawless reputation of Dr Dog. Where would we be without these incredible ambassadors, these bearers of unconditional love who melt people's hearts wherever they go and confirm without any shred of doubt why dogs (and cats) are our friends...not food?...
Animals Asia turned 10 years old today! To you all, directors, staff, volunteers and amazing supporters across the globe – a huge and heartfelt thank you for this past decade of hope; for helping Animals Asia keep our promises to the animals across the Asian continent, rescuing them and bringing them sanctuary and for helping us to keep our most important core promise of restoring respect to them all.
They don't come more beautiful than this - or luckier. Found in a pet shop area just after the earthquake that hit Chengdu, Richter would have faded away and died if our previous volunteer vet nurse, Judy, hadn't said "should we go back one more time to see if there's anything left?"
We are getting a lot of queries about how Animals Asia is using the Olympics to highlight the suffering of animals in China. This is an issue we have given much thought to and have been discussing for some time. We have been working on the ground in China for over 20 years and we believe we know what works and what doesn't. In our view, boycotts and "aggressive" protests simply don't work - in fact they can work against us.
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.