years ago this April, Jill Robinson first walked onto a bear bile farm. On that day in April 1993, Jill could have walked away, but she chose to act and do what she could. Today, you also have a choice. If everyone reading this donated just US$20, it would pay for the care of over 150 bears at our China sanctuary for a full year. Please help us celebrate 20 years of progress. Donate US$20 today (or whatever you can afford).
China’s ban on animal performances in zoos comes into effect today (Tuesday 18th January). To assist zoos in transitioning to the new rules, Animals Asia Foundation is releasing a report detailing a series of recommendations on how zoos can provide a rewarding experience for visitors, care for former performing animals, and create employment opportunities for performing-animal staff.
Animals Asia Foundation has today been awarded the 2010 Carole Noon Award for Sanctuary Excellence for its moon bear rescue centres in China and Vietnam, by the Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries (GFAS). The award was given to Jill Robinson MBE, founder and CEO of Animals Asia at a ceremony held at Animals Asia's China Bear Rescue Centre in Chengdu.
Ninety three per cent of Vietnam's traditional medicine practitioners are opposed to bear bile farming and 76 per cent have never prescribed bear bile, according to a survey of 152 traditional medicine practitioners in Vietnam carried out by Animals Asia Foundation.
Jill Robinson, Founder and CEO of Animals Asia has been awarded a "You Bring Charm to China" award at a ceremony held at the Beijing Century Theater on 20 September. The event was held by Phoenix Satellite Television and Tianjin TV to recognise 12 prominent foreign people that have enriched life in China through their contribution to business, education, medical care, disaster relief and environmental protection.
Bears being punched and beaten with sticks and forced to box each other, elephants being jabbed with metal hooks to force them to stand on their heads, and tigers and lions with their teeth and claws removed, causing chronic pain, are amongst the findings of investigations at China's zoos and safari parks, carried out by Animals Asia Foundation.
Animals Asia Foundation has secured the release of five endangered moon bears from an illegal bile farm in Vietnam's scenic Ha Long Bay after three years of campaigning. The five are among 24 bears that have been the subject of an international campaign spearheaded by Animals Asia and supported by 13 foreign embassies and other animal welfare and conservation groups after the farm holding them was raided by police.
Animals Asia Foundation has welcomed a decision by Alibaba.com Limited, which runs the world's largest online business-to-business e-commerce site, to ban subscribers from listing bear bile products, as well as the fur and meat of cats and dogs.
Twenty of China's 31 provinces are now bear-farm free after Animals Asia Foundation's dramatic rescue this week of 10 bears from Shandong Province's last bile farm. The rescue team arrived at our sanctuary in Chengdu, Sichuan Province, early this morning (23 April) after four gruelling days on the road, and emergency roadside surgery for one geriatric bear, nicknamed "Oliver".
The moon bears rescued by Animals Asia from cruel bile farms in China had a special visitor last week – Birmingham-born Jamaican British poet Benjamin Zephaniah, whose poems for the people have won him acclaim the world over for decades.
More than 30 shops from four popular Chinese pharmacy chains today (9 Feb) became the first retailers to join Animals Asia's new campaign to end the use of bear bile products in traditional Chinese medicine (TCM).
One of the 19 bears rescued by Animals Asia from cargo containers at an illegal bear bile farm in southern Vietnam last week was euthanised yesterday (Sunday) after the vet team found his abdomen was literally rotting away.
Nineteen endangered bears are on their way to freedom at Animals Asia's Moon Bear Rescue Centre near Hanoi — after being discovered cramped in 40ft cargo containers on an illegal bile farm in Binh Duong province near Ho Chi Minh City.