Target: Jill Robinson, Director of Animals Asia Foundation
Goal: Applaud organization for ending bile farm operation
Thanks to ongoing negotiations between the Animals Asia Foundation and Flower World, a horticulture and landscaping company, over 130 bears will be saved from a life of suffering. The Animals Asia Foundation convinced the company to release the bears into their care and end bile farming practices. The negotiation marks a positive shift towards more humane treatment of bears in China.
The disturbing practice of bile farming involves the extraction of bear bile for Chinese medicinal products. Despite companies’ claims that bile farming is painless and simple, photos of bile farms have revealed the disgraceful conditions for the unfortunate bears trapped in this industry. According to Animals Asia, the Flower World bears were being kept in small cages and were not being treated for injuries. An official statement regarding the bears read, “Health issues include blindness, dental problems and untreated wounds.” Fortunately, Flower World lost interest in bile farming after profit losses and public distaste for the inhumane industry.
The farm location in Nanning will now serve as a sanctuary for the bears, a costly endeavor that the organization has already begun planning. The plan includes transportation for medical treatment and a building renovation to help care for the bears for three years.
Congratulate Animals Asia on this amazing accomplishment.
Dear Jill Robinson,
The recent news of Flower World handing their bears over to the Animals Asia Foundation brought joy and relief to animal rights advocates all over the world. Your organization has educated the public about the little-known practice of bear bile farming, a practice that must be systematically shut down.
Despite the Association of Traditional Chinese Medicine’s claims, there is nothing natural or harmless about bear-bile farming. The practice insinuates that animals are machines and should be used as such. There are a variety of ways to avoid cruelty in Chinese medicine and in any other industry. There is no excuse to trap bears in this horrible industry for a lifetime.
Unfortunately there are still thousands of bears still being held captive in China for their bile. An estimate of 10,000 more bears are waiting to be saved and we hope that your organization will continue to work on the front lines of this crucial cause.
We applaud your ongoing efforts to remove bears from these deplorable conditions.
[Your Name Here]
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