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).
July 2011 saw a group of 28 supporters from seven key cities in China join a variety of workshops and activities at the Moon Bear Rescue Centre in Chengdu, China.
The workshop showed a phenomenally impressive group meeting over three days and hosted people from all walks of life. Taking the theme from our recent hosting of the Asia for Animals conference, this summer camp was appropriately called "Out of the box - bringing animal cruelty to an end".
The main objective was to share and brainstorm ideas for bringing bear farming to an end. Presentations were given by Animals Asia teams on bear enrichment, the horrors and reality of bile extraction, and how to implement effective education campaigns to get the message out.
A stage play of Saving Jasper taken from the name of the same book written by author Nigel Gray in Australia had the attendees playing different roles of bear farmer, Chinese Medicine doctor, forestry official, Animals Asia rescue team, etc. This play is now being repeated across China in various key locations as the attendees have returned home.
On the last day of the camp, the team divided into four groups and travelled in to JinLi, a popular part of downtown Chengdu, where they spoke to the public in a promotional activity called "Saving moon bears who will follow us?".
The aim of this initiative was to garner the support of the public for ending bear farming and after two hours they had secured the signatures of almost 2,100 people! The exercise attracted media attention and was later reported by local TV and on web portals Tencent and Sina Weibo.
Now back at home in their various towns and provinces, the attendees are carrying out their own events and campaigns throughout the summer to highlight bear farming and help bring it to an end in China.
Our grateful thanks to the following groups who came along, showing the support of a growing number of people in China who are passionately joining together and helping to bring this truly awful industry to an end.
Co-operate Support Groups:
Standard Chartered Bank
NGO Support Groups
Roots and Shoots Beijing Office
Media Support Groups
School Support Groups
Chengdu No.7 Middle Yucai School
Communication University of China
Beijing Second Foreign Language School
High School Affiliated to Beijing Normal University
Capital Normal University Affiliated Experimental School
City Public Groups
Kunming Supporter Group
Shanghai Supporter Group
Tianjin Supporter Group