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    REPORT: Vietnam has agreed to end bear bile farming – here’s what happens next
    16 August 2017

    After the historic agreement to end bear bile farming in Vietnam, here’s what needs to happen to get from 1,000 caged bears in cages, to none.
    By Vietnam Director Tuan Bendixsen
    By pledging to completely end bear bile farming in Vietnam, the government has accepted a huge challenge.
    But it’s one neither Animals Asia nor the government would have accepted if we didn’t think it was achievable.
    The MOU itself has a five-year timeframe and this is what the Vietnam government is working towards, no more bears in cages by 2023.
    But Animals Asia is hopeful this can be achieved earlier – particularly in light of our agreement with Vietnam’s Traditional Medicine Association to completely end the prescription and sale of bear bile among traditional medicine practitioners by 2020.

    First steps
    The first step is for Animals Asia and Vietnam’s Nature Conservation Department to finalise an overarching plan for the whole process.
    That entire project – with solutions for every problem – will need to be rubberstamped by government before the process can begin.
    To get an idea of the scale, the first task on the agenda is re-checking the farms in every province to find out exactly how many bears there are.
    The government has been using the figure of 1,200 – but that is a 2015 figure, and we believe the true number is closer to 1,000.
    Either way, we have to know for sure so that we can plan how much sanctuary space is required.

    The good news is that the framework for this plan has already been drawn up it’s just the details that need to be hammered out.
    This will include how many sanctuaries to build, sourcing potential locations, agreeing funding solutions, assigning management responsibilities, drawing up a comprehensive conservation plan and details on how to physically move the bears from farms to safety.

    We’re hopeful that the draft will be ready in six months and it will receive input from other charities working in the sector and other departments of government before being approved.
    While bear rescues will continue in the meantime – such as those Animals Asia has continued to oversee – we’re hopeful, the first bears could start to move from cages to sanctuaries around this time next year as part of the MOU.

    Resources are the biggest obstacle
    If resources were no object, we would simply build as many sanctuaries as we need all at once and transport all the bears in one go.
    But right now, resources are the single biggest obstacle to a bear bile free Vietnam.
    We estimate the cost of building enough sanctuaries, running them for a year and transporting all the bears at around USD$15-20 million.
    This is money neither the Vietnam government, Animals Asia, nor any single NGO has available.

    Rolling up the industry
    So with a period of mass building and a single vast transportation of bears ruled out, the plan is to build the sanctuaries one by one as resources become available.
    Then, once sanctuary space is ready, the bears can be transported. With provinces becoming systematically emptied of bears - one at a time. The authorities have dubbed this, the “rolling up” of the industry – like rolling up a mat.
    Just as Animals Asia ended bear bile farming in the province of Quang Ninh in 2015, the same process will be carried out in each of the approximately 40 provinces and cities where bile farming persists.
    And once the cages are empty – they can never be refilled.
    The legal loophole and grey area of ownership, which has allowed bear bile farming to persist, will be closed. Forever.
    After that point, there will be no confusion. Any bear in private hands will be illegal. And the cruelty of bear bile farming will be a thing of the past.
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    MoonBearMonday: Two blind bears find all the love they’ll ever need


    Rescued moon bears Mityan and Bill have a shared history. Both spent up to a decade caged on Chinese bile farms suffering regular, painful bile extraction.

    Mityan’s body was mutilated. A permanent passage was cut from his gall bladder to his abdomen from which his bile dripped – to be collected and sold for use in traditional medicine.

    Tragically both bears are blind due to retinal atrophy – a vital part of their eyes has literally wasted away. Ophthalmologists and vets agree poor nutrition and chronic inflammation as a result of bile extraction were likely factors.

    But Mityan and Bill are actually two of the lucky ones. They have been rescued from bile farms and have spent more than a decade in the peace of Animals Asia’s China Bear Rescue Centre – the only sanctuary for bears in the entire country.

    At least 10,000 other bears are not so lucky and continue to be held on industrial scale bile farms across the country where their bile is extracted for traditional medicine.

    Animals Asia’s China Bear and Vet Team Director Nic Field said:

    “Bill and Mityan live happily in a community with 5 other blind bears – and all of them live relatively active lives. They know each other well by scent, sound and touch and are completely relaxed with each other.

    “They are among some of the most playful bears in their group as well as the sanctuary and enjoy spending time together, whether gently wrestling, playing or just sleeping and relaxing.
    Serious eye problems are tragically fairly common among ex-bile farm bears. While a total of 10 bears are completely blind at Animals Asia’s China sanctuary sanctuary, 60% of the 80 bears on site live with some level of ocular disease which requires ongoing specialist attention.

    The range of eye problems runs from retinal detachment and lens luxation, which both result in blindness, to cataracts, lesions and ulcers, which can cause pain and severe loss of vision.

    Animals Asia’s Founder and CEO, Jill Robinson MBE said:

    “While the age of the bears at the sanctuary certainly has a part to play in the very high instances we’re seeing of ocular disease, I believe the primary cause is the extreme conditions the bears have endured on bile farms.

    “No animal is capable of enduring such atrocious treatment without serious repercussions and even bears – so strong and stoic – are no exception. Their bodies have been subjected to the most abominable torture and no part of them is unaffected by what is done to them on farms.

    “Fortunately, we have found that blindness – when managed correctly – doesn’t have to mean a drop in welfare or quality of life. The blind bears at our sanctuary remain active, playful and happy and are much loved members of the sanctuary community.”
    “They seem to take great comfort from each other’s company and it is really quite remarkable how well these blind bears adapt to their environment. They have each suffered harrowing experiences alone for many years, so to see them find happiness and solace in each other feels like such a just reward for them.”

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