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).
Animals Asia supporters open our first charity shop
Official opening on 23 April 2012
Weston-Super-Mare is the location of the first 'official' charity shop dedicated to the work of Animals Asia Foundation.
The shop is the brainchild of Denise Jacobs and volunteers from the West Somerset support group who have been tirelessly raising funds and awareness for Animals Asia since 2000. They have been involved primarily in our End Bear Farming campaign and, in the intervening years, the group has raised over £240,000 and named three bears — Erl, Somerset and Quantock.
Denise says, “It never ceases to upset me when I hear the horror of the bears’ conditions, and also the treatment of dogs and cats. I always knew that when I retired I wanted to commit to raising money for Animals Asia, and as much as I enjoy organising events, I felt that in this economic climate a charity shop was the way to go. Also, I see the shop as a good way to bring awareness of our charity and what we are about to the customers. To gather more people to get involved would be amazing, and to see the end of this barbaric farming forever. We won't stop until the cruelty ends.”
Thanks to Denise and a team of dedicated volunteers who have sourced materials, decorated and sorted, the shop is now ready for its official opening at 20 West Street on Monday 23 April 2012. A ribbon cutting ceremony was help on Friday, 20 April where John Penrose MP, along with Denise and our Moonie Bear, cut the ribbon.
The charity shop will be selling donated goods including clothing, furniture, electrical goods, DVDs, books and fantastic bargains will be available. Visitors to the shop will also be able to meet Max, the black and white Collie cross who previously “worked” at the RSPCA shop in Weston, but who is now concentrating his efforts on ending cruelty for bears, dogs and cats in China and Vietnam. He will be thrilled to greet any visitors and volunteers will be delighted to accept any offerings of donated goods from the public which can help to raise money for such a worthwhile cause.
Many thanks to Denise Jacobs for getting the shop off the ground, Adrian Aaps who did all the interior shop fitting, Brian who did all the external signwriting and Lisa who has been running around collecting donated goods. Huge thanks also to Lee Gibbins who was has been a key person in the shop's development and to a whole host of volunteers who have been painting and cleaning including Rita, Linda and Sylvia. We are so proud of you all.
Our first charity shop.
John Penrose MP, Moonie Bear and Denise Jacobs cut the ribbon.