An Extraordinary Journey with the Moon Bears in China

“How Long in that Cage???”

“30 years!”

“Surely not?”

“…yes”

– A common reaction.

Some of you may have heard of the charity Animals Asia, for those of you who have not, Animals Asia are a registered charity (charity number: 1086903) who work across China and Vietnam to end the barbaric bear bile industry and improve the welfare of animals. The Animals Asia team have been rescuing bears since 1994 and is the only organisation with a bear sanctuary in China. Their founder and CEO Jill Robinson MBE, is widely recognised as the world’s leading expert on the cruel bear bile industry.

There are over 10,000 bears still kept in tiny cages for many years and their bile is extracted from their abdomens using painful procedures.The bile is collected for use in Traditional Chinese Medicine despite there being many herbal and synthetic alternatives.
The conditions in which they are kept are unspeakably cruel, leading to the bears suffering ghastly mental and physical trauma.
Alongside this, Animals Asia advises Chinese welfare groups on improving the welfare of companion animals such as dogs and cats by providing funding and training to promote humane population management, investigating and monitoring the meat trade, running extensive public awareness campaigns and engage with the government and policy makers about the changes required.

Animals Asia also works to improve the conditions for animals in China’s zoos and safari parks, by running workshops and public awareness campaigns through schools and universities, training vets throughout China and engaging with the government and policy makers to encourage them to protect captive animals from abuse and neglect.

black-moon-bears-caged-713837Hook Veterinary Centre’s very own Tracey Manning MRCVS, underwent on a life changing experience back in July 2014. Travelling thousands of miles to Chengdu, China, she visited the Chendgu sanctuary and travelled with the vet team to a bear farm in Nanning which has been taken over by the foundation. Animals Asia has already improved the lives of the bears immeasurably and the transition to another peaceful sanctuary is underway. However, there is still a very long road ahead.

Tracey will be giving an illustrated talk in November 2014 on her visit to China to aid Animals Asia and their project to save the Moon Bears from the cruel bear bile industry.

Don’t miss this oppertunity to hear about the charity and the emotional journey Tracey experienced.

22nd November 2014, St Johns Hall, Hartley Wintney, Hook, Hampshire, RG278ED.

Doors open at 7:15pm (talk begins at 8pm) Tickets £20 including wine, tea, coffee and canapes.

To book call: 01579 347148