The Asiatic Black Bear, also known as Moon Bears for the beautful golden crescent across their chests are one of the eight bear species in the world listed under the Convention of International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES).
Pictures - with thanks to Animals Asia - show the dramatic move from captivity to rescue. You can make this happen.
Despite this almost one third of their population, more than 7,000 bears are locked up in cages on 212 farms across China where they are milked for their bile up to twice a day often thorugh catheters implanted in their gall bladder causing severe physical and mental pain.
“Bear bile farming is a vile practice and is clear cruelty when there are over 50 herbal and synthetic, cheaper and equally efficacious alternatives available.”
Jean Lambert, Green MEP
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Jean helped launch a campaign in the European Parliament, with Animals Asia, and has continued to support it since 2000. Since then the campaigns actions have closed down over 40 bear farms.
In January 2006 the campaign enjoyed further success when the European Parliament passed a Written Declaration, signed by Jean, that requested the Chinese Government initiate a countrywide ban over the farming of bear bile by the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games.
Be part of the campaign
The China Wildlife Conservation Association (CWCA) in Beijing has been a long time friend of the Animals Asia Foundation and instrumental in closing many bear farms and helping to build the rescue centre in China.
To encourage the CWCA to continue their good work, helping animals in China, Jean and fellow Green MEP Caroline Lucas wrote a letter of thanks to the government - related organisation. If you would like to lend your support please do use this letter as a sample. To read the letter in full please click here.
You can also sign a petition or donate money to continue the campaign and ensure a pain free future for many more bears.
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