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Vietnam pledges to rescue 1,000 bears

bid to end bile trade

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robert99 robert99 Sweden Posts: 1360
1 20 Jul 2017
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/2103373/vietnam-pledges-rescue-1000-bears-bid-end-bile-trade

There are currently about 1,200 bears in captivity in Vietnam, down from more than 4,000 in 2005, caged in more than 400 bear farms across the country

Vietnam has agreed to rescue more than 1,000 bears from illegal farms across the country, in a move to end the traditional medicine trade in the creatures’ bile.

hough bile farms are already outlawed in Vietnam, bears are still captured and caged in illicit facilities where their bile is extracted using invasive and painful techniques.

Vietnam’s Administration of Forestry (VNFOREST) and non-profit group Animals Asia signed an agreement Wednesday to rescue all remaining bears from farms, committing to end bile trade and close all facilities within five years.

“This is a truly historic day,” Animals Asia CEO Jill Robinson at the signing in Hanoi, adding that the decision “will lead to the definitive end to bear bile farming here in Vietnam”.

Bear bile farming has been outlawed in Vietnam since 1992. But many bile farms use a legal loophole allowing them to raise the animals as pets.

There are currently about 1,200 bears in captivity in Vietnam, down from more than 4,000 in 2005, caged in more than 400 bear farms across the country.

Animals Asia estimates it will cost up to US$20 million to rescue and build enough sanctuaries to house the bears, and called on donors, companies and the government to pitch in.

“We cannot do this by ourselves, the government needs to take responsibility for the wildlife in the country,” said Tuan Bendixsen, Vietnam director for Animals Asia.

Officials said funding is the main hurdle to rescuing the bears and putting an end to the trade.

“We face difficulties finding funds to prevent and stop the hunting and rescue of wild animals,” VNFOREST deputy director Cao Chi Cong said.

Bendixsen warned that bile farms could move into neighbouring Laos or Cambodia, and urged countries to adhere to an international convention that bans cross-border bear and bile trading.
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Dani_Girl Dani_Girl NSW Posts: 3
2 22 Jul 2017
That is really good to hear. Unfortunately the issues that usually arise in countries like Vietnam, Thailand, Cambodia etc is the corruption on a municipal level. Hopefully that is getting stomped out as well. Stories like this one and the plan to release tigers into the wild make me feel good though happy

http://www.khmertimeskh.com/5074022/growling-prowlers-rumble-jungle/
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