Success: Thirteen Bears Freed and Six Bear Farms Closed

Elizabeth being kept in captivity for her bile-by-SlimVirgin

Target: Animal Asia’s founder and CEO Jill Robinson

Goal: Congratulate an animal welfare organization for rescuing bears that were being confined for their body fluids.

An animal welfare group successfully rescued 13 moon bears from torture and confinement and closed six bear farms in Vietnam as part of its rescue operation. The organization, Animal Asia, rescued bears from different locations around the Quang Ninh, Vietnam province and transported them to its Bear Rescue Center. Thanks to animal activists around the world as well as a petition from ForceChange, these bears are now safe.

The animal organization rescued these animals from cages that had confined them for a decade or more. Although Animal Asia has not managed to save all bears in Vietnam, the effort is a stepping stone toward saving the lives of more bears. The campaign dubbed “Save the Halong Bay Bears” was meant to ensure every captive bear in the province is transferred to Animal Asia’s Rescue Center.

The animal organization has evacuated other bears from the region, but the rescue of these 13 bears marks the first mass evacuation. Jill Robinson, Animal Asia’s founder and CEO, has explained that saving the other bears should take a bit more time because of the need for negotiations between authorities and bear farmers. He further added that the rescued animals are called the “Lucky 13.”

Thousands of bears die due to bear bile industry that has thrived across Asia. Humans, especially bear farmers, should realize that these animals are equally important and need to be saved. These bears have defied the odds of having to be confined for longer periods, and they have been denied the freedom of living in their natural habitat.

Sign this petition to commend the efforts by Animal Asia to end acts of brutality and fatalities among bears.


Dear Jill Robinson,

Your animal organization managed to rescue 13 bears from hellish lives as prisoners on bile farms. The bears were removed from their cages where they had been confined for a decade or more and where farmers were draining their bile ducts. I would like to commend your organization for undertaking such an important operation.

Bears have faced various acts of brutality because of their highly prized body fluids that are supposedly used in treating various diseases in Vietnam. Removing body fluids means keeping the bears in chains while draining the bile duct. The procedure leaves the bears in serious pain and exposes them to infections. For the “Lucky 13,” life has taken another direction as you have freed them from the pain and torture.

Also, many thanks for closing six bile farms during your operation. Closing such facilities will greatly help in reducing this menace. Even though you have not rescued all the bears in the province, I am certain the effort is a stepping stone to saving the lives of bears around the world. Congratulations are in order, and keep up the good work.


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  1. Cecily Colloby says:

    An absolute heroine-we need more like her!!!


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