In September 2007, 80 bears in Vietnam were identified for confiscation into the care of Animals Asia Foundation. In the intervening two years, and despite constant urging from Animals Asia, the Vietnam government has released only ONE bear into the care of their sanctuary in Tam Dao National Park.
The remaining 79 bears are still confined to their cages, in the hands of the same owners who have used and abused them for many years.
They remain with owners who continue to:
- extract bile, openly flouting Vietnam laws prohibiting the practice
- break both national and international law by selling bile to tourists who transport it overseas
- cause the bears horrendous fear, suffering and pain on a daily basis in the extraction process.
And still, the Vietnam government refuses to implement its own laws. It refuses to act to save these bears from deprivation, starvation and agonising death from disease and despair.
Animals Asia invites you to join their letter-writing campaign and help urge the Vietnamese government to honour its commitment to end bear bile farming in Vietnam.
They need your help to convince the Vietnam government to enforce the law and release these bears into our care, and invite you to join their campaign and send Animals Asia your letter for presentation to the government.
A sample letter is below. Animals Asia need original emails and letters to prove that there is widespread international support for their campaign. You can send your letter by email to Animals Asia at firstname.lastname@example.org or mail it to your nearest Animals Asia office
You’ll find more information on their website at http://www.animalsasia.org