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

Urgent petition to shut vile bear bile farms needs your support

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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.

[caption id="attachment_10387" align="aligncenter" width="640"]Bile Bear Paw Bile Bear Paw[/caption]

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. [caption id="attachment_10388" align="aligncenter" width="640"]Bile Bears Cages Bile Bears Cages[/caption]

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