There is nothing better than the feeling of going home. The feeling of total comfort when you finally arrive is incomparable. While we all yearn to journey home during the holidays, no one wants to get home more than six moon bears who were recently rescued from a bile farm thanks to Animal Asia. Bi Xanh (the bear featured above), Snow, Poe, Winter, Ivy, and Cranberry were rescued from a bear bile farm in northern Vietnam and have traveled over 800 miles to reach Animal Asia’s Vietnam Bear Rescue Centre.
Bears on bile farms are kept in extraordinarily small cells, with little to no food or water, and are routinely stabbed with a catheter in order to drain their pancreatic fluids. If this seems like a cruel and unusual punishment, it is. Sadly, however, bear bile fluids are used in Traditional Eastern Medicine as a panacea of sorts, which has lead to the proliferation of this practice.
The rescued cubs are still traumatized from their horrible experiences in captivity. Although Animal Asia’s team is doing everything they can to make the bears feel at home, the road to the sanctuary has been a harrowing one.
But thanks to the tireless work by Animal Asia on the ground, and the generous donations from the online community, these bears will finally make it home. If you would like to give them a present – we hear they would love a new pool to splash around in – visit their donation page, and learn how you can help other bears like them while you’re there!