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A very successful night for our Ronnie aka John!

We held our second Octobear Festival at the Coach and Horses in Soho tonight and what a wonderful night it was!  A huge success again and a full house.

Thanks to the kind generosity of the landlord, Alastair Choat and his daughter Hollie 100% of the night’s takings are going to the bears again and we have reached our target for Ronnie aka John, our bear in Nanning! The night raised over £1,000.

Amanda gave a very interesting talk about working with the rescued bears at Animals Asia‘s sanctuaries and also gave us an update on the bears at the now defunct bear farm in Nanning, where the bears are being cared for by Animals Asia until they can move into their new permanent home.  Their lives are already a million times better than they were with healthy food, a constant supply of drinking water and lots of showers, and of course their paddling pools.

Below are some impressions of the night

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London’s Octobear Festival is back!

Following a very successful event last year, we are holding our second Octobear Festival this year at the Coach and Horses Soho, London’s only vegetarian pub.

Come and join us to raise a glass or two to the bears and their FREEDOM!

Tuesday 6 October, 7.00pm – 10.00pm
Coach and Horses Soho, 29 Greek Street
London W1D 5DH

Cost: £30 per person – includes a 3 course vegetarian or vegan meal and a glass of wine

Enjoy delicious food, try your luck in our raffle and learn about work and life at Animals Asia’s China Bear Sanctuary from ex-bear manager Amanda Hogan.


100% of the profit will help Animals Asia with the rehabilitation of the remaining 124 bears at the ex bear bile farm in Nanning, China by helping us adopt one of them, Ronnie aka John.

Places are strictly limited so please book early by completing the booking form below.

Payment can be made via our JustGiving page for Ronnie aka John, just mention Coach and Horses or Octobear Festival in the comment please as the page was set up for all fundraising activities related to our Nanning bear adoption.  We receive notification of each payment, so will be able to match the payment to your booking.


If you choose to pay by cheque we will send you details on receipt of your booking form

Sepp Häusl’s pictures

Sepp Häusl has created the amazingly powerful picture on our Welcome page and I just wanted to share it again here for anyone who follows our blog but may not necessarily look at the other pages.



I’m sure there will be more and the picture on the Welcome page will be replaced occasionally, but I will share via the blog as well as they will all be amazing, all Sepp’s pictures are.  This one just says so much.

This is the prayer said at an Animals Asia bear funeral “Please look upon the others and give them promise of hope soon. And tell them to be patient and proudly wear the moon.”  I think that’s exactly what this picture says as well.

Let us all do what we can to get them all out of their hell holes as soon as possible.  We can all do something even if it doesn’t seem like it could possibly make a difference.  Whatever any of us can do to help will make a massive difference if we all do our bit.

The smallest donation will make a difference and telling others about the bears’ plight and how they can help.  There are some ideas here on Animals Asia’s website, or if you’re in London and would like to get actively involved with our fundraising, please feel free to contact us


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