Friday, 16 May 2014

Work starts to rehabilitate 130 bile-farmed bears

Peace by Piece, the name given to Animals Asia’s project to transform the Nanning Flower World bear bile farm in China into the Nanning Bear Rescue Centre, has begun and the first changes to the bears’ lives have been implemented.

This landmark campaign aims to help rescue and rehabilitate over 130 moon bears that have been kept in horrendous conditions – many trapped in tiny cages from birth and farmed for their bile. The farmer had bred the bears and extracted their bile for years, but had a change of heart when his daughter convinced him of the horrible cruelty of the trade. Animals Asia took over custody and care of the bears, leasing the land and facilities. This will be the largest rescue of its kind in the world and one important aspect will be helping to train the ex-farm workers, who have no experience of animal welfare, into first-class bear carers.

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