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).
Dave Neale lives in the UK and is now the Animal Welfare Director for the Animals Asia Foundation. Dave had been the UK Director since January 2002, raising awareness and funds for the foundation across the UK and in 2009 he was appointed Animal Welfare Director and now leads a variety of welfare campaigns working towards improving the welfare of animals across Asia.
Dave graduated with a first degree in Environmental Science and a Masters in Conservation Biology. He subsequently worked as an ecologist for a river restoration charity in the North-West of England, developing strategies for regeneration of riverine landscapes, working in partnership with the local community and local government authorities, and carrying out ecological survey work on riverine habitats.
In 2000 Dave decided to make a change within his career path, moving away from the ecological field and advancing towards animal welfare, and he embarked upon a 12-month trip of the world visiting India, Nepal, Vietnam, Laos, Borneo, and South America. During this trip Dave carried out ‘Zoo Checks’ for the Born Free Foundation at over 20 major Asian and South American Zoos, as well as visiting, documenting, and reporting on conditions at marketplaces. In South America, he worked for 3 months at an animal rescue and rehabilitation centre for animals rescued from the pet trade industry in Bolivia where he helped care for Capuchin, Spider, and Howler Monkeys, as well as rescued Pumas, Jaguars, Ocelots, and Pampas Cats.
But Dave’s previous visit to Vietnam had made a lasting impact. He had seen many Asiatic Black Bears for sale within Ninh Binh and Hanoi and had come to realise that they were being sold to bear bile farmers. Dave made contact with the Animals Asia Foundation in 2001 and started work as the UK Representative for the Foundation in January 2002. Dave now actively campaigns to develop further political support across Europe for an end to bear farming and animal welfare legislation across China.
Dave also works as a volunteer animal welfare campaigner within Cornwall, campaigning on farm animal welfare issues, and as volunteer political co-ordinator for the Battery Hen Welfare Trusts helping to rescue and re-home chickens from ‘Battery-Farms’. Dave now lives in the Tamar Valley in Cornwall with his wife and animal artist Amanda, their little girl Elsie and their rescued dogs, Henry, Kandi, Dudley and Beany, plus rescued hens, guinea pigs, rabbits, rats and a gerbil.