Chanda Bahlo via Crowdrise
August 14, 2012
EVENT DATE: Oct 06, 2012
We would be so honored if you would gather up your change and contribute to this noble cause to help us spread the happiness we have found together.
In China, Vietnam, Laos and South Korea thousands of moon bears, native to many areas in Asia, are maintained in “bear bile farms. ” There they endure years in coffin-sized cages in which they literally cannot turn around or move. Their bile is painfully extracted for use in Chinese medicine, even though there is a superior synthetic product available that makes this process completely unnecessary.
The first picture shows Franzi, who was forced to exist in the cage shown in the second picture for 25 years. The third picture is another image of Franzi after she was rescued by Animals Asia, enjoying the simple things in life. The fourth picture shows an example of the kind of existence these bears are subjected to on the bile farms. The remaining pictures are of happy, healthy, rescued bears.
The following links contains photographs of a group of moon bears which illustrate both the barbaric conditions from which they were rescued and their subsequent peaceful contentment. The change is a wonder to behold.
I will spare you further details of the torment these gentle bears suffer and invite you to investigate further on Animal Asia's web site, http://www.animalsasia.org/. Working respectfully with both authorities and caring volunteers from local communities, Animals Asia has closed down 43 bile farms and rescued 361 bears to date. They have helped to change public opinion such that 20 of China’s 31 provinces are now bile farm free.
Animals Asia rescues moon bears and places them in modest but comfortable habitats where they can explore, bask in the sun, socialize with one another and at long last get to behave like bears, often for the first time in decades. On the web site you will see pictures of them luxuriating in the small comforts from which they have been deprived for so long. These bears can live for thirty years and considerable resources are required to keep them comfortable and healthy for the rest of their days. Animals Asia offers a variety of ways for donors to choose how their contributions are used, including educating the public and providing veterinary care. Donors may also choose to purchase "gifts" for the bears themselves such as pots of honey, icy fruit blocks, fresh fruit that is hidden throughout the enclosures for nourishment and stimulation, and hammocks and swings on which to exercise and play.
Animals Asia does a world of good for the animals on a tiny budget. Any donation at all would be a huge help. They also educate about and rescue dogs and cats that are sold as meat and address other instances of animal cruelty.
I know it may seem strange to some of you that I am detailing such horrors at a time when we are gathering to celebrate a joyful event, but even in my happiness it is hard to forget about the suffering of others. I would so appreciate your help in trying to right this terrible wrong.
We, the bears, the dogs and cats and so many other silent folks thank you from the bottoms of our hearts.