Target: Honorable Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung
Goal: Stop eviction of endangered bears at the Vietnam Bear Rescue Centre
Over 100 endangered bears may be evicted from the Vietnam Bear Rescue Centre in Tam Dao National Park. The bears were rescued from an illegal bile-farm, an underground industry that uses bears to obtain bile to sell on the black market. The bile is extracted from the bears’ gall bladders, which is extremely painful. The Vietnamese Ministry of Defense declared that the sanctuary area is needed for national defense reasons. Animals Asia, the charity that runs the bear sanctuary, thinks that the eviction is driven by ulterior motives. They believe that the Tam Dao National Park Director, Do Dinh Tien, lobbied the Ministry of Defense to evict Animals Asia for his own personal gain. The Ministry of Defense has petitioned the Prime Minister to sign off on the eviction of the rescue center, which would breach a contract signed by the Vietnamese government and Animals Asia.
Let’s begin with the effects of evicting the bears. It would take two years for Animal Asia to find a new, permanent location. The endangered sun and moon bears that live at the sanctuary are physically and mentally scarred from their experiences at the bile-farm. If evicted, they would have to be put back into cages while a temporary home was located. This could trigger psychological trauma. It would be difficult to find a temporary facility that could provide proper care to animals that sustained physical injuries at the bile-farm, such as blindness and missing appendages. In addition, 77 jobs would be lost if the Vietnam Bear Rescue Centre were evicted. Most of the employees are locals to the Tam Dao area and would not be able to move to another region if the sanctuary was relocated.
Now, let’s get to the strange circumstances that surround the eviction. Eight days after the land was declared necessary for national defense, Tien submitted a proposal to develop the area into a Wildlife Park. This would make no sense if the land were really needed for security. Animals Asia claims that Tien has put pressure on them to move off the land for over a year. After they refused, he turned to the Ministry of Agriculture and then Ministry of Defense to push his cause. Animals Asia believes he plans to give the land to Truong Giang Tam Dao Joint Stock Company, where his daughter is a co-founder, to develop the land for commercial use. Animals Asia thinks that the land will temporarily be issued as a region of security and then dropped, allowing it to be developed into Wildlife Park to attract tourists.
Not only would the eviction of the Vietnam Bear Rescue Centre be devastating to the bears and people losing their jobs, but it seems likely that it is all a grand business deal for Park Director Do Dinh Tien and his daughter. By signing this petition, you are telling the prime minister to deny the Ministry of Defense’s petition to evict the bear sanctuary.
Dear Honorable Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung,
The Ministry of Defense has declared the Tam Dao National Park region as an area of national defense and has asked you to breach your contract with Animals Asia, thus allowing the eviction of the Vietnam Bear Rescue Centre. These bears have been abused in the worst way and suffer severe mental and physical defects from it. In addition, they are endangered. Asking them to relocate would put extreme stress on these animals.
In addition, a thorough investigation of the Park Director, Do Dinh Tien, needs to be conducted. He has comprised a proposal to develop the land into a Wildlife Park despite the land recently being called on for national defense purposes. It is alleged that he plans to turn the area into a tourist attraction, and that he will hand it over to a commercial developing company where his daughter is a co-founder. There are too many strange circumstances surrounding this whole ordeal. Please, say no to the eviction of the bear sanctuary and investigate Mr. Tien to discover his true motivations for the land. Thank you.
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