Animals Asia’s goal is to close every last bear bile farm in Asia and build respect and kindness towards bears. Currently there are over 10,000 bears confined in cages on bile farms in China, and about 1,200 suffering the same fate in Vietnam. Many bears are caged their entire lives - up to 30 years - in cages so small that they are unable to turn around or stand on all fours. As if that wasn’t cruel enough, the bears suffer regular bile extraction - a hideously painful practice involving various invasive techniques that cause massive infection in the bears. Bear bile is used in traditional medicine many ordinary household products. The cruel practice continues despite the availability of a large number of effective and affordable herbal and synthetic alternatives.
Seeing these beautiful creatures suffer this pointless cruelty regularly brings us to tears. But what drives us on is working with our rehabilitated bears in our bear rescue centres in China and Vietnam.
Animals Asia works with, not against, the authorities and it’s a method that works. With your help, we can achieve so much more.