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Morgan Lance of the Animals Asia Foundation

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Animals Asia’s main project is the rescue of moon bears from cruel bile farms in China and Vietnam.

The ambitious bear rescue project was hatched in 1993 when Animals  Asia’s Founder and CEO,Jill Robinson, walked onto a bear bile farm in China. What she discovered that day changed her life forever and led to the formation of the Animals Asia Foundation and its ground-breaking Moon Bear Rescue Program.
In China, it is legal for highly endangered moon bears to spend more than 20 years of their lives in coffin-sized cages where they are milked regularly  for their bile, often through crude, filthy catheters or permanently open holes in their abdomens.  Bears are also farmed for bile in Vietnam though in that country the process is illegal and  involves the use of drugs and ultrasound guided extraction.  Bear bile medicines are used in China, Japan, Korea, Vietnam and other countries across the world with significant Asian populations.
While studies have shown bear bile to be effective, today Chinese doctors agree that it can easily be replaced by herbal and synthetic alternatives, which are cheaper,more effective and more readily available. The Animals Asia has established two sanctuaries for rescued moon bears in China  and the other in Vietnam and is leading education campaigns in  both countries designed to curb the demand for bile.