Hi everyone, what a busy month or two! Jigsaw’s 4th puzzle has now been completed!! Yeahh!!! Our “annual” (well June – June this year) target of $10,000 reached with an overall tally of $45,000 for moon bears since 2010.
Thank you very much to all Jigsaw’s supporters: first-timers and long-termers. Your support IS the difference that allows Animals Asia to continue with their extraordinary work, both in China and Vietnam. Jigsaw is one lucky bear to have such a large family, including schools around the country, but now there are many more bears who need our support, NOW.
As mentioned in my April post, Animals Asia has taken over the reins at a bear-bile farm in Nanning province where 130 bears have been surrendered into its care. This is a miraculous and progressive step in animal welfare rights in China with a lot at stake: primarily converting a place of pain & suffering – completely devoid of stimulation – into a place of nourishment and sanctuary for these long-suffering bears. The scope and depth of the bears’ injuries, illnesses and deformities (as a result of capture, treatment and psychological suffering) are only just beginning to be uncovered. The bears will take a long time to heal.. the financial costs will be great.. Read our latest newsletter here
Row upon row upon row of bears in cages
This undertaking will be the model upon which further farm conversions will be yard-sticked. Importantly we all hope that it will be the catalyst that inspires change throughout the bear-bile farm industry: if this endeavour succeeds then hopefully others – many others – will follow. We can but hope that this heralds the beginning of a new era in our efforts to close down the hideous bear-bile farms in Asia…
watch this video of Smudge, the luckiest littlest bear at Nanning
Jigsaw has asked Animals Asia if he can have a BEAR BUDDY in Nanning! And they have said YES!
Jigsaw and I would like to dedicate the rest of 2014 to raising money for his Bear Buddy. So stay tuned and keep going to “Our Jigsaw” page to find out how.
If you would like to know more about the Nanning Bears, Peace by Piece is the name of the campaign to raise money for the bears at Nanning – click the link below