Viet Nam: Global Action Needed to FREE 80 Endangered Moon Bears Being Held Illegally

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This is a very important issue – Please take action as detailed below to help Animals Asia obtain freedom and care for 79 bears being held illegally and still suffering terribly every minute of each day.

Read the message from Jill below and then please take action as outlined in the information follwing; a sample letter is included for you to copy and paste and send, or there are a series of specific points given for you to include should you wish to write your own letter.

Please help Animals Asia free the bears NOW !

Thanks – SAV.

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Animals Asia Website = http://www.animalsasia.org/

Two years ago, the Vietnamese Government promised to rescue and transfer into our care 80 endangered moon bears being held illegally on farms in northern Vietnam. So far, we’ve received only one. This is despite constant appeals and lobbying to the authorities by Animals Asia and other international and local NGOs.

These bears desperately need your help! Please join our global letter-writing campaign to help us free the remaining 79!

bile bearPhoto: AA

We’re planning to deliver all the letters we receive from around the world to the Vietnamese Prime Minister at the end of October. The bigger the piles of letters, the greater our hope of saving these poor bears from further misery in the wretched bile industry.

Over the past 24 months, we’ve tried every legal means available to us, but still the 79 bears remain in terrible conditions in small cages on farms in Ha Long Bay, Quang Ninh Province, even though they are clearly being held illegally under Vietnamese law. Because these bears are unmicrochipped, they should have been confiscated and transferred to a rescue facility.

So please, go to our website now to download a sample letter, or write one of your own – and please ask everyone you know to write as well, because time is running out for these bears!

If you choose to write your own letter, please be polite and please be quick!

For maximum impact, and to show the Vietnamese government that people all around the world want to see an end to bear farming, we need to collect all the letters together as soon as possible, so we can get them off soon.Although bile farming is illegal in Vietnam, the practice is still widespread. The farmers drug the bears with ketamine, restrain them with ropes, and repeatedly jab their abdomens with unsterile four-inch needles until the gall bladder is found, then the bile is extracted through a suction pump. The bears are regularly subjected to this agonising process and remain trapped in small cages for yearsthe mental and physical torture they endure is difficult to imagine.

 

bile extractionPhoto: AA

 Please don’t put this off until tomorrow – these 79 bears have waited long enough.

Thank you for taking the time to help them.

Jill

Jill Robinson MBE
Founder and CEO
Animals Asia Foundation

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Strength in numbers !!

We need your help to convince the Vietnam government to enforce the law and release these bears into our care. Join our campaign now and send us your letter for presentation to the government.

You can use our sample letter below, and either:

1. Copy and paste the Sample Letter below into your email and send to info@animalsasia.org

2. Print, sign and mail/fax to your nearest Animals Asia office

We need original emails and letters to prove that there is widespread international support for our campaign.

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 – send to info@animalsasia.org 

The Honourable Prime Minister
The Socialist Republic of Vietnam
Mr Nguyen Tan Dung

Dear Honourable Prime Minister,

I would like to congratulate the Vietnamese Government on your endeavours to help Vietnam’s endangered species of Asiatic black bear, and for working in partnership with Animals Asia Foundation to close down bear farms across Vietnam and confiscate illegally-held bears.

In September 2007, 80 illegally-held bears were identified on farms in Quang Ninh Province. Under Vietnamese law they should be confiscated and transferred into the care of a suitable bear rescue centre, such as the one established by the Central Forest Protection Department and Animals Asia Foundation in Tam Dao National Park.

I am concerned to hear that so far only one of these 80 bears has been confiscated and the other 79 are still being held illegally on these farms. I also understand that these farms continue to extract bear bile illegally and sell the bile to overseas tourists, which is a clear contravention of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) of which Vietnam has been a signatory since 1994. Illegal bear bile extraction was captured by Vietnam TV1 and shown on national TV in early June 2009.

The Vietnam Bear Rescue Centre in Tam Dao National Park has the capacity to receive the 79 bears and Animals Asia has signed an agreement to look after these bears, on behalf of the Vietnamese Government, for the rest of their natural lives. Animals Asia has committed staff and funds and is prepared to take full responsibility for the bears’ veterinary treatment and ongoing management. The Vietnam rescue centre has taken in 29 bears to date and it is ready to take the 79 bears from these farms.

I understand the Central Forest Protection Department in Hanoi has been enormously helpful in encouraging the confiscation of these bears and working with Animals Asia in the construction of the sanctuary which has been developed to hold at least 200 confiscated bears.

Following widespread international publicity of the plight of these 79 bears, all of whom are clearly held in violation of the laws of your country, I write to ask that you order they be confiscated and transferred into the care of Animals Asia’s Moon Bear Rescue Centre in Tam Dao National Park.

Yours sincerely,

 Name and nationality:

 

OR YOU CAN WRITE YOUR OWN LETTER AND EMAIL IT TO ANIMALS ASIA.

Points to include in personal letters:

1.      There are currently 79 bears held illegally on farms in Quang Ninh province.

2.      The bear farmers continue to extract bile illegally from these bears and sell it to tourists.

3.      Under Vietnamese law, these bears should be confiscated.

4.      Animals Asia Foundation has a rescue centre in Tam Dao National Park, which is ready and waiting to receive these 79 bears.

5.      Animals Asia will provide veterinary care and a sanctuary for the bears for the rest of their lives.

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