Vietnam’s systematic abuse of bears tackled with shocking online campaign

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Bile Bear Seen Through Cage

Bile Bear Seen Through Cage

New campaign exposes Vietnam’s bear bile farms

Vietnam is a country admired and loved around the world. Sadly, its reputation is tarnished by horrendous, cruel and unecassary bear bile farms. For thousands of years  Asian medicine has presented yellow fluid from bears’ gallbladders as a cure for liver conditions, cancer and general wellness. The treatment is not effective and many better alternatives areon the market. Tragically this information is not getting to consumers in Asia who will still pay large amounts of money for the substance.

To collect the bile wild animals are trapped and then held in appalling conditions. They are effectively tortured over multiple decades.

Bile Bear Paw

Bile Bear Paw

Launching on World​ ​Animal​ ​Day 2017,​ ​animal​ ​welfare​ ​organisation​ ​FOUR​ ​PAWS​ ​launched​ an urgent, shocking, viral online experience to push forward the much-needed ban to​ ​bear​ ​bile​ ​farming​ ​in​ ​Vietnam.​

The​ ​charity​ ​collaborated ​with​ ​creative agency​ ​Don’t​ ​Panic,​ ​asking​ ​members​ ​of​ ​the​ ​global​ ​public​ ​to​ ​take​ ​the​ ​‘Bear​ ​Endurance​ ​Test’​ ​to highlight​ ​the​ ​severity​ ​of​ ​the​ ​situation​ ​and​ ​the​ ​race​ ​against​ ​time​ ​to​ ​save​ ​these​ ​bears​ ​from​ ​captivity.​ ​

Check out the special​ ​interactive​ ​microsite​:

Take​ ​the​ ​test:​ ​​endurancetest.four-paws.org

Approximately 1,300​ ​bears​ ​are currently being tormented in​ ​Vietnamese​ ​”farms”​ ​and​ ​private​ ​backyards,​ ​shut​ ​up in​ ​cramped​ ​metal​ ​cages.​ ​FOUR​ ​PAWS​ ​are​ ​calling​ ​on​ ​the​ ​Vietnamese​ ​government​ ​to​ ​take​ ​the​ ​necessary​ ​measures​ ​to​ ​end​ ​bear farming.​

Kieran​ ​Harkin,​ ​Head​ ​of​ ​International​ ​Wild​ ​Animal​ ​Campaigns​ ​at​ ​FOUR​ ​PAWS says –

​“To​ ​be​ ​able​ ​to​ ​send​ ​a​ ​strong​ ​message​ ​to​ ​the​ ​Vietnamese​ ​government,​ ​FOUR​ ​PAWS​ ​aims​ ​to bring​ ​the​ ​voices​ ​of​ ​1​ ​million​ ​people​ ​across​ ​the​ ​world​ ​who​ ​have​ ​signed​ ​the​ ​​petition​​ ​to​ ​the​ ​Vietnamese government”,​ ​states​ ​. “This​ ​will​ ​help​ ​deliver​ ​an​ ​unprecedented​ ​message​ ​that​ ​now​ ​is​ ​the​ ​time​ ​to​ ​finally​ ​end​ ​bear​ ​farming​ ​for good.”

Please lend your voice by signing the petition –

Save the Saddest Bears: END BEAR FARMING IN VIETNAM!

Four​ ​Paws​ ​are​ ​currently​ ​constructing​ ​a​ ​new​ ​state-of-the-art​ ​sanctuary​ ​in​ ​Vietnam​ ​that,​ ​once​ ​the government​ ​agrees,​ ​will​ ​eventually​ ​be​ ​able​ ​to​ ​offer​ ​a​ ​home​ ​to​ ​a​ ​hundred​ ​of​ ​the​ ​bears.​ ​They​ ​aim​ ​to change​ ​public​ ​perception​ ​in​ ​Vietnam​ ​with​ ​the​ ​opportunity​ ​to​ ​come​ ​and​ ​learn​ ​and​ ​see​ ​them​ ​in​ ​a species-appropriate​ ​environment.​ ​The​ ​new​ ​bear​ ​sanctuary​ ​will​ ​soon​ ​open​ ​its​ ​doors​ ​to​ ​the​ ​first​ ​bears in​ ​urgent​ ​need​ ​of​ ​rescue.

Bile Bears Cages

Bile Bears Cages

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