Target: Jim Smillie, Managing Director of Animals Asia
Goal: Commend Animals Asia for its work in rescuing bears in China
A group of Scottish animal rights activists recently rescued over 100 bears from inhumane conditions on a farm in Nanning, China. Members of the organization known as Animals Asia rescued the bears from where they were being kept in cramped cages and milked for their bile, which is highly coveted in Chinese traditional medicine. Please sign this petition to commend these activists for their courageous actions in the defense of these bears.
Unfortunately, bile from moon bears has long been a component of Chinese traditional medicine. The bile is taken from a hole cut into the bear’s stomach. Fluid from the gallbladder drips into the hole, and after the fluid is taken it is common for the holes to be left open, which can lead to infection and disease. Around 10,000 bears are currently kept on farms such as this one. They are kept living in cramped cages for up to 30 years.
According to Jim Smillie, the managing director of Animals Asia, the farm where the bears were rescued will be closed and turned into a bear sanctuary. He states , “Saving this group of bears in Nanning is vital to our long–term strategy of ending bear farming in China. This rescue and the conversion of the farm to a sanctuary will serve as a model for the remaining farms in China.”
According to statistics compiled by Animals Asia, 87% of Chinese people are against bear farming, which they find to be a cruel industry. Smillie believes that the recent rescue will prove to the government that ending bear farming is feasible, given the overwhelming support from the Chinese people.
The recent rescue of 130 bears by Animals Asia was the largest bear rescue ever recorded in the world. The organization has saved these animals from lives of torture and cruelty and created a sanctuary in place of the barbaric farm where the bears were once confined. Please sign this petition to commend Animals Asia for its work in rescuing bears in China.
Dear Jim Smillie, Managing Director of Animals Asia,
I am very please to learn about the recent rescue by your organization of 130 bears from a farm in Nanning, China. The practice of taking bile from bears is cruel and inhumane. Hopefully this practice will one day be outlawed throughout the world.
Due to the work done by your organization, Animals Asia, over 100 bears living in cruel conditions are now free. I would like to congratulate Animals Asia for this accomplishment; I encourage you to keep up this important work.
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Photo credit: Guérin Nicolas via Wikimedia Commons