Reaching Out: A Moon Bear’s Journey Poetry CD (£6.50 including P&P)

18 November 2013

Featuring Virginia McKenna OBE, Peter Egan and Rula Lenska reading poems from the heart of Animals Asia UK supporters about the plight of the Moon Bears

 “Virginia, Peter and Rula's beautifully rich and resonant tones set the scene perfectly and now, by purchasing this CD, you can be part of the bear’s own journey, until the cruelty ends.” Jill Robinson MBE,, Founder and CEO Animals Asia


Reaching Out CD

 The story behind the CD

Ealier in 2013 we invited UK supporters to submit their original poem about the Moon Bears.

The poems could be joyful, hopeful, passionate, powerful, funny or sad, we were open to all your expressions of creativity and feelings about these beautiful and brave bears.

 We were overwhelmed by the response in both the adult and young people categories. So it was quite a challenge to pick the three top entries in each category for our judges, who were Jill Robinson MBE, actors Rula Lenska, Peter Egan and William Hartston (the opera and poetry editor of the Daily Express).  After much debate the winners were chosen and announced at our 20th Anniversary Gala dinner in June 2013.

The winning entries describe the brutal cruelty suffered by the bears and/or express hopes for a future when all moon bears will free.  This video of Rula reading a poem by supporter Caroline Herd about Dick bear expresses this beautifully. We hope you will enjoy this and help share Dick’s journey.

We decided to produce a limited edition of CDs featuring the winning entries plus a poem written and read by our patron Virginia McKenna OBE and Rula Lenska’s own heartfelt poem.

To purchase this limited edition CD (UK only)

UK based supporters can purchase Reaching Out: A Moon Bear’s Journey for just £6.50 (including P&P) here or from Animals Asia UK office by calling 01579 347148.  

It will make a unique Christmas present to give your family, friends and colleagues, so they can learn more about the bears and why you are so committed to ending the horrific bear bile trade. Please allow 15 days for delivery.

Overseas supporters

While the CD is only available to UK based Animals Asia supporters. We will be putting the tracks on iTunes soon, so you can download the entire CD or just your favourite poems soon. We will update this page when this is available so please check back in a few weeks.

A big thank you

Thanks to Andrew Telling of Telling Creations who produced this CD and Ricky McFadden who managed the recording at ALRA studios, London. They both kindly donated their time and expertise for free to this project meaning every penny of profit goes to the bears.