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Animals Asia

Animals Asia

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Big thanks to Dave Spikey for his generosity in making this possible for Animals Asia. Dave says "My wife and I have long been supporters of Animals Asia and its work to improve welfare for animals across Asia. We have been particularly affected by their campaign to end the farming of endangered bears for their bile which constitutes some of the worst cases of animal abuse in the world today. We will not forget our visit to the bear farms in Vietnam and to the charity's two sanctuaries in China and Vietnam where we saw for ourselves how animals that have suffered both mental and physical torture can recover to lead lives free from pain and fear. We are proud to have played our part in raising funds and awareness of Animals Asia's vital work."


About Animals Asia

Animals Asia is devoted to ending the barbaric practice of bear bile farming and improving the welfare of animals in China and Vietnam. It promotes compassion and respect for all animals and works to bring about long-term change.
It has three major programmes: End Bear Bile Farming, Cat and Dog Welfare, and Zoos and Safari Parks.


End Bear Farming
Animals Asia has been rescuing bears from the horrors of the bear bile industry since 2000 and is the only organisation with a bear sanctuary in China. Its founder and CEO, British born Jill Robinson MBE, is widely recognised as the world's leading expert on the cruel bear bile industry having campaigned against it since 1993. Endangered Asiatic black bears, or moon bears, are kept for up to 30 years in tiny cages, unable to move or turn around, being" milked" daily for their bile through open holes carved into their abdomens. The charity operates bear sanctuaries in China and Vietnam; it studies the effects of bile extraction on bears; it engages with the traditional medicine community to promote alternatives and reduce demand for bile; it runs extensive public-awareness campaigns to show the public the cruelty of the industry; it monitors the trade in bear bile and parts as well as trends in consumption and it engages with policymakers and government authorities.

Cat and Dog Welfare
Animals Asia investigates and monitors the live-animal meat markets in China, provides funding and training for Chinese animal-welfare groups, promotes humane population-management and disease-control measures, runs conferences, workshops and public-awareness campaigns and uses animal ambassadors to promote empathy for all animals. The charity works with government and communities to promote better welfare regulations.

Action Against Cruelty
Animals Asia works to increase animal-welfare conditions in zoos and safari parks in China. It conduct investigations, provides training workshops to animal-management staff at zoos, runs clinical workshops for zoo-based vets, gives educational presentations in Chinese schools, and works with government authorities to improve performing animal welfare.

Animals Asia about Dave Spikey

''Animals Asia is proud and grateful to have had the long-term support of brilliant comedian Dave Spikey. A well-known advocate of animal welfare, Dave, together with his wife Kay, has always gone the extra mile for Animals Asia and its work to end bear farming, even visiting our bear sanctuaries in both China and Vietnam. There they found out for themselves the true horrors of the legacies of bear bile farming. Since that time, Dave has been tireless in raising both funds and awareness of Animals Asia through TV and radio programmes, concerts and support through events such as VegFestUK''



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