Tuesday, 8 April 2014

Vietnamese Bear Bile Farmer Joins Growing Movement as He Turns His Back on Cruel Trade

Founder and CEO, Animals Asia
Posted: 04/03/2014 4:09 pm EDT Updated: 04/03/2014 4:59 pm EDT

Just recently we celebrated the rescue of another "bile farmed" bear who had spent 14 years of his life caged and extracted of his bile. Ti Map, (or Chubby Mouse), was the last farmed bear in the province of Binh Thuan in southern Vietnam and was rather remarkably offered into our care by the farmer himself, who announced he no longer wanted to be part of the trade.

Known in the area by virtue of an advertising sign outside of his house, that boasted the healing effects of bear bile (while ignoring the mutilation of the bear), the farmer suddenly announced that he and his wife wanted to give the bear up, but not to another farm. Apologizing to the local Forest Protection Department, for violating Vietnam's laws, the farmer also said that the couple did not want the bear to be abused any more, they wanted him to see no more suffering.

Just this week, because this farmer had the moral integrity to admit the truth of an industry in which he was engaged, Ti Map arrived on site at Animals Asia's expansive Vietnam sanctuary after our team escorted him virtually from one end of the country to the other. Now settling into his new life, and being spoiled with food he could only have dreamed of before, Ti Map is hopefully putting the misery of his caged and farmed suffering well and truly behind.

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