On June 26, Jill Robinson, with the Animals Asia team, gave a talk at the University of Liverpool’s veterinary campus on the Wirral.

It was heartening to hear about the wonderful on-going rescue of over 130 bears from the Nanning Farm, the first time this has ever been achieved, to see photos of many of the residents at Chengdu, and learn how the dedicated AA team are treating and rehabilitating the very damaged bears for whom they are caring.

“The farmer had bred the bears and extracted their bile for years, but had a change of heart when his daughter convinced him of the horrible cruelty of the trade. Animals Asia is taking over custody and care of the bears, leasing the land and facilities.

This will be the largest rescue of its kind in the world.

Not only will we turn this bile farm into a comfortable home for the bears, we will create a sanctuary AND education centre. By uniquely working with the Chinese Government, we will also ensure that this new sanctuary will provide meaningful jobs to the nine existing farm workers. We will retrain them to become skilled bear carers, at this new groundbreaking sanctuary. So, this isn’t just a bear rescue, it’s a landmark initiative to help change the hearts and minds of other farmers in the region…”

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It was lovely to meet pupils from Fixby Junior School in Huddersfield who, having two inspiring teachers who had taken up the cause of the bears, had done extensive projects and raised the amazing sum of £400 for AA.

Here they are with Jill:






and with their teachers too:









~ Thanks to Jill, to Gill Maltby, UK Director, Nicky Vyvyan-Robinson PR and Education Manager, and all at Animals Asia for a very interesting evening and for their inspiring work for the bears.

~ Photos courtesy of Nicky.