For a while now my wife has supported a charity (a genuine one) called Animals Asia. Indeed she has adopted a bear called January – the month of her rescue from a bile farm. Don’t worry she (the bear) lives in China. Regular readers here will know I blog rather than bleg (I don’t make a habit of supporting every cause that ambles down the road – NSFW but ought to be required watching for any office manager) so if you got a few quid spare this really is a good cause. Animals Asia is also involved in trying to prevent the vile trade in cats and dogs for eating. I marinate meat after it’s dead. In parts of Asia cats and dogs are tortured whilst alive to “improve the flavour”. Many of these are stolen pets.
Anyway, over to Lizzy (who is running the Manchester 10km for this)…
Since 1993 Animals Asia has rescued Asiatic black bears, also called moon bears, from bile farms across China and Vietnam, and cares for them in rescue centers in Sichuan and Tam Dao, Hanoi.
Moon bears are listed in the most critical category of the Convention on the International Trade in Endangered Species, however there are more than 14,000 trapped on brutal farms, sometimes for up to 30 years. It is illegal to take them from the wild in China but many are still killed for the gall bladders or caught in leg traps as new stock.
Bear farming is illegal in Vietnam and is now banned in 20 out of 31 Chinese provinces.
My goal is to raise £415 for Animals Asia. £415 is the cost of gall bladder surgery for one bear. All of the bears need to have their gall bladders removed because of the severe damage caused by bile extraction on the farms.
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It’s a very good cause.