Across Asia, moon bears may be “vulnerable” but in Vietnam their plight looks much worse.


Across Asia, moon bears may be “vulnerable” but in Vietnam their plight looks much worse


For almost a decade moon bears have been classified as “vulnerable” in the wild, but has bear bile farming actually pushed them to the edge of extinction in Vietnam?

By Animals Asia’s Vietnam Director, Tuan Bendixsen, a member of the IUCN Species Survival Commission and IUCN Bear Specialist Group

There’s no doubt that the number of moon bears in Asia has been rapidly declining since the 1990s when demand for their bile exploded, fuelling a sharp rise in poaching and the cruel and illegal practice of bear bile farming, particularly in Vietnam and China.

But how dramatic is the decline? That’s one of the most important – and toughest – questions for experts to answer.

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Serbia: The Dogs Of Mrs. Duda – Can You Help Them ?







UPDATED 19/10/17 

Dogs and Cats of Ms. Duda in Serbia – Would You Help Them

Hello, Mark. I hope you’re doing well

We are here to kindly ask you for your financial aid for the dogs and cats in Ms. Duda’s care. Duda (Dubravka Kokinović) and her animals reside in Nova Pazova, a town in the north of Serbia.


At this moment, she cares for around 30 dogs and a few cats and lately she’s been struggling to afford even basic necessities like food and medication.


She has been taking care of numerous abandoned animals at her home for years –  some of whom were happily adopted by people from Serbia and abroad. She’s also looking after animals that are still on the streets of Nova Pazova.


We are also inviting all the caring people who are visiting this page and whose support would be much appreciated to donate via PayPal: ; Subject: For Duda


Or you can donate through Youcaring:


Here are the latest photos from the rescues at Duda’s home:


Watch the video here:


A relevant facebook page:


Here is an excerpt from the local veterinary inspection report done in late 2015. at Duda’s home where she keeps all her rescued dogs and cats:


Veterinary inspection was preceeded by municipal communal inspection that constated factual circumstances, but didn’t state whatsoever whether placing of  an animal shelter was allowed in inhabited areas and in specific zones.

The ordinance about the conditions that must be performed by  animal shelters and pensions – Službeni glasnik RS 19/12 – cited by the communal inspector does not specify in which location a shelter may be placed, but only the conditions it must fulfill.

Regarding Animal Welfare Act, Dubravka provided maximum protection and care for injured and sick animals with no assistance from municipal structures that should have been solving these issues according to Veterinary Act – Službeni glasnik RS No 91/05; 30/10 article 46.


Please read this short story about Duda from Nova Pazova published by Aleksandra Dudić:


Thank You for your time. Please support Duda’s selfless work.




Slavica Mazak Bešlić  


Aleksandra Dudić


Solidarno za životinje i prirodu (Solidarity for Animals and Nature)

Non-governmental organization

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