Vietnam: Tragedy – Animals Asia News – Campaign Expands as 13 More Bile Bears Die in Halong Bay.

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All photographs – Animals Asia.

Dear Mark,

Campaign expands as 13 more bears die in Halong Bay

Animals Asia has learned that 13 more bears have died at Cau Trang Bear Farm in Halong Bay, Vietnam bringing the total death toll since November last year to 18.

It leaves Cau Trang bear bile farm – at the centre of our international campaign demanding permission to rescue the bears – with only nine remaining bears. It has also left our team shocked, sad and angry.

Having previously focussed just on Cau Trang Farm, Animals Asia is now pressing the Vietnamese government to allow it to bring all 23 remaining bears in the Halong City area to its rescue centre in nearby Tam Dao.


The campaign had received a phenomenal response having been backed by almost 100,000 supporters including celebrities such as Ricky Gervais, Dame Judi Dench, Stephen Fry and Olivia Newton John.

Sign the open letter here.

In the two months since Animals Asia inspected three farms in the vicinity of the World Heritage Site, 26 of the 49 moon bears – a protected species – are said to have died leaving just 23 alive in Halong City.

Animals Asia has been informed that the authorities plan to dispatch an investigation team to the province. Their remit will be to determine the cause of the deaths, whether protocol has been followed and to ascertain how the remaining bears can be saved.

Animals Asia founder and CEO, Jill Robinson MBE said:

These deaths are utterly tragic and unnecessary. It’s heartbreaking to learn that so many bears have spent years suffering on the farms, and have now needlessly died when there is a sanctuary ready and willing to give them the life they deserve.

“Through the increased local coverage of the death of these bears, Vietnam is seeing the reality and brutality of bear bile farming. While their death has shone a spotlight on the industry in Vietnam, there was no need for them to die at all.

We will continue to bring this awful cruelty to international attention and do everything we can to force the release of the remaining bears.

Sincere thanks to Australian creative agency Enigma for their wonderful work on the petition site.

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