Founded in 1998, Animals Asia is devoted to ending the barbaric practice of bear bile farming and improving the welfare of animals in China and Vietnam.
We promote compassion and respect for all animals and work to bring about long-term change. We work to end the barbaric bear bile trade, which sees over 10,000 bears kept on bile farms in China, and now under 2,000 held in Vietnam. Animals Asia has rescued over 500 bears, caring for them at its award-winning bear sanctuaries in China and Vietnam.
What Impact Will My Fundraising Have?
The funds you raise will assist Animals Asia with:
- Bear rescues from bear bile farms. The rescues require much financial support. In fact we send 8‑10 team members on each rescue, including vets, bear‑workers as well as journalists to document the rescue. These rescues are often many miles away from our sanctuary and it can take days to get to the site of the rescue and back to the sanctuary. We crew travel with trucks to transport the bears, medicines as well as veterinary equipment and food for the bears.
- The day‑to‑day care of the bears including nutritious food and clean water, enrichment treats, medicine, dens to sleep in and enclosures to roam.
- Health checks for all the bears, which include full‑body exams under anesthetic, sometimes with dental surgery. This happens every two years unless it is deemed necessary that a bear might need it more often.
- Horticulture, the making, repairing and replacing enclosure toys and furniture like swings and climbing structures.
- Public education in schools, and of the animal management staff and veterinarians on the bear bile industry.
The bears rescued from bile farms are usually physically and psychologically compromised and few would be candidates for wild release. Wild release might be a consideration for some individuals at a later stage but ensuring appropriate and protected habitat is key, as is engaging the right expertise.
The exercise of wild release is incredibly complicated with assessments of the carrying capacity of the land, and the buy‑in of the local community fundamentally important for such a project. Even the preparation can take years, and while bear farming is still legal in China, such a release would be fraught with danger considering the very real risk of the bears being captured again for the farms.