Vietnam: 19/7/17 – Breaking News – Animals Asia And The Government Sign Agreement To End ALL Bear Bile Farming – The Next Step: Sanctuaries For Over 1,000 Bears To Be Rescued. Brilliant Jill !!

 

 

 

BREAKING NEWS: Vietnam agrees plan to close all bear bile farms.

19 July 2017

 

Click here to see many official photographs of the agreement signing:

https://www.animalsasia.org/uk/media/news/news-archive/breaking-news-vietnam-agrees-plan-to-close-all-bear-bile-farms.html

 

In a historic move the Vietnamese government has agreed a plan with Animals Asia to finally end bear bile farming in the country.

The Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) outlines an agreement between animal welfare NGO Animals Asia and the Vietnam Administration of Forestry  (VNFOREST) to work together to rescue the remaining bears still caged on farms across Vietnam – believed to be around 1,000.

The document was signed and announced at the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development in Hanoi on Wednesday 19 July.

Mr Cao Chi Cong, Deputy General Director of the Vietnam Administration of Forestry, under the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, joined Animals Asia CEO and founder Jill Robinson MBE in signing the MOU.

The move follows the MOU between Animals Asia and the Vietnamese Traditional Medicine Association signed in 2015, agreeing to ensure a complete end to bear bile prescription among traditional medicine practitioners by 2020

This is anticipated to continue a significant reduction in demand and contribute towards the ending of the illegal market for bear bile.

Today’s agreement is effectively one that will finally close the loophole that has allowed bile farms to continue despite the illegality of the trade.

The MOU commits the government to ensuring no bears are allowed to be kept by private households – where illegal bile extraction can take place – and that the approximately 1,000 bears currently held in captivity around the country are moved to sanctuaries.

Animals Asia’s Vietnam Director Tuan Bendixsen said:

“This historic document ties NGOs and the government of Vietnam to a common goal – the end of bear bile farming in Vietnam.

“Crucially, the government has agreed to close the loophole that has allowed bile farming to persist for the last decade. By signing this MOU, they have agreed that there can be no bears kept on farms, because as long as they are there, they will suffer extraction.”

Animals Asia has so far rescued 186 bears in Vietnam since setting up its sanctuary in Tam Dao in 2008.

Bear bile farming has been illegal in Vietnam since 1992. In 2006, every bear in captivity was microchipped so that no new bears could be added to farms. But with the country lacking resources and expertise to build rescue centres and care for the animals, households were allowed to keep the bears on the government’s behalf having agreed not to extract bile. This loophole has effectively allowed bear bile farming to continue until now.

Since bear bile farming became a common practice in China and Vietnam in the 1980s, wild populations have been decimated to meet the demand the industry created.

A report by Animals Asia and Free The Bears released in 2016 found that wild populations across South East Asia had fallen dramatically with precious few pockets of wild bears existing in Vietnam today.  It had been wrongly anticipated that farming bears would actually help conserve wild bears.

In 2005 bear bile farming reached its peak in Vietnam with over 4,000 bears in captivity, but with farmers unable to add new bears to existing stocks, numbers have dwindled to around 1,000.

Tuan said:

“This agreement shows Vietnam acknowledges that bear bile farming harms wild populations. By signing on, they’ve shown they are serious about conserving the country’s remaining wild bears and protecting the heritage of future generations.”

While the signing of a memorandum of understanding is a landmark achievement in the battle to end bear bile farming cruelty, it will not mean an overnight end to the industry in Vietnam.

Key issues such as how to fund and manage the sanctuaries and how to proceed with the transfer of privately owned bears to rescue centres will be hammered out as part of the agreement.

It’s anticipated that new sanctuaries would need to be constructed and assistance sought from existing sanctuaries run by animal conservation and welfare charities.

Animals Asia’s Founder and CEO, Jill Robinson MBE said:

“This agreement has been a long time coming with discussions beginning around 2014, so to see it finalised is a major step forward. This, of course, doesn’t end the work. Quite the opposite, but it now means we work together with a common goal – to end this cruelty. 

“With all parties pulling in the right direction and in agreement about our goals we can make real progress. For the animals who have suffered for more than a decade in awful conditions the move to sanctuaries cannot come soon enough and that is the next issue – how to fund, build and manage the new sanctuaries which are necessary to rescue all bears.

“We’ve essentially sat down with the government and made a list of what needs to be completed to end bear bile farming and agreed to work through these issues together.

“It is still a huge undertaking and will require the participation of many groups, NGOs, government departments and the support of animal lovers in general to make this agreement reality, but pivotally we are all in agreement about what has to be done and now we can get on with seeing it through.”

Read more:

Explained: The roadmap to ending bear bile farming in Vietnam

From 4,300 caged bears on bile farms in Vietnam to a future with none

 

 

 

Serbia: Help Rescued Pozega Dogs Get Well After Their Hellhole Suffering.

 

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LOZNICA RESCUES NEED HELP WITH THEIR VACCINATION’S, SPAYING’S AND NEUTERING’S:  LET’S DO THIS RIGHT FOR THESE DOGS!

After those celebrating moments when we had your breathtaking support and we were fighting together to save as many lives as possible, came the time when isolation period was over and the need for vaccinations, testings, spaying’s and neutering’s has started.

All 49 last saved  dogs plus almost 90 previously rescued are now ready for their first vaccination against infectious diseases and each every one of them needs 4D testings, ultra sounds, neutering’s and spaying’s.

WE ARE IN THE MIDDLE OF SPAYING’S AND NEUTERING’S, BUT WE WERE FORCED TO STOP AS ALL FUNDS ARE AT THE ROCK BOTTOM, CONSUMED BY THE COSTS OF THE RESCUE AND IMMEDIATE AFTERCARE AT THE VETS.

Many of the dogs who were already brutally butchered with primitive surgery in the kill shelter, need their neuter and spaying redone properly. On the top of our worries, that time of year has come and many unspayed females are currently in the heat, which makes our kennels very hard to control – and males clash.

WE CANNOT DO ANY OF THIS WITHOUT YOUR VERY KIND CONTINUED HELP AND SUPPORT .

For Your kind donations, PayPal address: humanimalserbia@gmail.com  or  just click the PayPal button bellow:

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The cost of each vaccine is 12.50 euros, the cost of each 4D test is 20 euros and the cost of reworking the tens of botched neutering and spayings varies from 25 euros up to 90 euros for some of the badly botched females to be redone and cleared of infections, plus 20 euros for previous ultra sounds.

It is a lot when numbers add. It is a lot for anyone to do this alone. But, we are not alone!

WE HAVE YOU! THE GREATEST DOG LOVER TEAM IN THE WORLD AND TOGETHER WE ALREADY MANAGED MIRACLES TO HAPPEN. WE CAN DO IT AGAIN!
PLEASE HELP US TO DO THIS RIGHT!

We are desperate to raise the funding now to continue with what needs to be done next. Can you help them go to their forever homes. Any donation, no matter how tiny, helps a dog in our care.

THANK YOU FOR ALL YOUR SUPPORT BOTH PAST AND PRESENT. YOU REALLY ARE THE BACKBONE OF OUR RESCUE. EVERY SINGLE ONE OF YOU.

THANK YOU. X

Help Pozega Dogs/Humanimal Balkans Admin team

 

 

 

Serbia: Great News From Shelter Felix – Argos Was Thought To Have Lost His Sight; But Now His Left Eye Vision Has Returned After Treatment !

We have some great news from Shelter Felix. 

See our recent post below – do you remember that everyone was informed that Argos had lost his sight and was completely blind ? – well there is some great news – the large hematoma behind his left eye has greatly reduced in size and as a result he has his left eye vision returned ! – that is wonderful news – he can see !

 

https://serbiananimalsvoice.com/2017/06/21/serbia-argos-sigh-could-not-be-saved-now-he-needs-donations-to-keep-him-secure-at-felix-shelter-thank-you/

 

Argos is still under treatment, he’s being given injections at the vet’s every day while two different kinds of eye drops are being used locally. The vet is very satisfied with the kitten’s recovery, as a huge hematoma behind his eyes has reduced in size, his left eye’s totally cleared up now and his broken jaw is healing nicely. Unfortunately, his right eye is lost forever.

Please go to the following for other ways to donate:

https://www.youcaring.com/cat-shelter-felix-512392

For alternative ways of giving donations:

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http://novisadcats.blogspot.com/

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India: Puppy Trapped Under Rubble Is Reunited With Its Mother.

 

We got a call that a house had collapsed in a village and neighbors could hear a puppy crying from under the rubble.

Watch the rescue and beautiful moment her mom meets her baby again!

 

 

 

 

 

Viet Nam: Animals Asia Update – 10 Years On A Vile Bile Farm; Now Just Hours From The Sanctuary Home – Watch Live Feed Here.

 

UPDATE 10-15am Friday 30/6/17.

The bears have now safely arrived at the sanctuary.  Please click on the link below to see the latest and their welcoming party from the AA team.  Brilliant !!

 

Five steps from bile farm to freedom for rescued bears

https://www.animalsasia.org/uk/media/news/news-archive/five-steps-from-bile-farm-to-freedom-for-rescued-bears.html?t=1&cn=ZmxleGlibGVfcmVjc18y&iid=7c58ec1918884dcb93cb9f2b61b68a34&uid=3003466684&nid=244+285282312

After more than 10 years on a vile bile farm, the bears have now been freed and are in the final hours of the week long journey to their new sanctuary forever home.

Watch the live feeds and videos of the final part of the trip at:

https://www.animalsasia.org/uk/media/news/news-archive/live-follow-the-9lives-rescue.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

Animals Asia Moon Bear Rescue – Live Feed – Free Bears !! – Enjoy !

Please use the slider on the right side (grey bar) and move it down via your mouse to see all the videos and events of this rescue – SAV.

India:   Dog sobs when she sees rescuer coming to save her.

Dog sobs when she sees rescuer coming to save her:

 

We (AAU) got a call that a dog had fallen into a deep well in a village outside of Udaipur. When we arrived we found a heartbroken dog desperate to be helped.

Watch her amazing rescue on the above link !

To donate and help more fantastic rescues like this, please visit:

http://animalaidunlimited.org/how-to-help/donate/