Come and join the London Animals Asia Support Group for a screening of the award winning “Cages of Shame” by Martin Guinness on Saturday 21 September at the Odeon Lounge Bayswater. The film tells the story of bear bile farming in China and the mission to save ten bears and close down the last remaining bear farm in Shandong Province.
This is a very inspirational film showing the dedication of the amazing Animals Asia team and the help received from locals on the long drive back home to the sanctuary in Chengdu. It also features Oliver’s dramatic and life saving operation on the back of a truck. He is living happily at the sanctuary today, aged 33.
Muffins and juice will be available throughout and we will have a mini auction after the screening.
About 95% of the £30 entrance fee will go towards helping the animals as the Odeon Lounge has very generously donated the use of the theatre, the technician is volunteering his time and most of the catering has been donated as well.
Doors open at 10.30am for an 11am screening
Places are strictly limited so please book early to avoid disappointment. You can book online here or use the form below to reserve your tickets if you prefer to pay by cheque. Please note that the online booking is subject to a small booking fee.
Virginia McKenna on “Cages of Shame”
I had seen for myself, on my visit to China, the devotion of all the staff in Chengdu to the rescued bears, and the high standard of care and sensitivity to the needs of all those special animals. But when I saw “Cages of Shame” my feelings of admiration rose even higher. The gruelling journey, for both animals and humans, the fear that some might not survive it and the emergency operation, the gathering exhaustion. But the unfailing calm and professionalism were inspirational to all of us privileged to watch the story unfold. Our joy, as an audience, when the convoy reached the sanctuary was overwhelming. I just want to thank you. We watch from afar but you are never forgotten.
Virginia McKenna OBE
Founder Born Free Foundation
Patron Animals Asia
In October this year I will be joining a group of other Animals Asia supporters to trek through the jungles of Northern Vietnam, and together we will be raising thousands of pounds to help Animals Asia in their mission to end cruelty to all animals across Asia. Although we will be rewarded with a visit to the Vietnam Bear Rescue Centre in Tam Dao National Park we will have to complete the trek through humid jungles and up rocky paths, and it will certainly not be a 5 day leisurely stroll. Accommodation and facilities will be very basic as we will be staying with local families – no comfy hotel beds or bathrooms.
I did the Animals Asia China trek in 2011 which was absolutely amazing but also very scary at times, especially when there was only a narrow path with a steep rise on one side and an equally steep drop on the other as you can see below.
I am paying my own costs but am still short on the minimum sponsorship and would really appreciate any help you can offer. With Animals Asia you know that the money will directly help the animals we all care about, so if you think that any of your friends or family might like to help me reach my sponsorship target, please feel free to pass on my JustGiving page. Any amount will be much appreciated. You can also donate by text by simply texting the code MDVI50 £1 (£2, £3, £4, £5 or £10) to 70070.
I will try to post a daily update from Vietnam in October so you can see how we’re all getting on.
Thank you so much!
Our Creatures of the Night Safari on Wimbledon Common in aid of Animals Asia is fast approaching and we still have a couple of places left. This is a fabulous guided walk by Rachel Holmes, an ecologist and volunteer for Animals Asia, who will give us a fascinating insight into the lives of bats on Wimbledon Common and other nocturnal wildlife.
We are meeting at the Windmill car park at 8.30pm on Saturday 31st August where we’re hoping that one of the rangers will be able to give a brief talk about the common before we set off on our mini safari. We had very positive feedback last year and we’re sure this walk will be just as exciting and informative.
The registration fee is £10 and we are suggesting a minimum sponsorship/donation of £20. Your registration fee covers this event’s costs, while your sponsorship money or donation directly helps the animals you care about.
You can either book and pay online here or complete the form below if you would prefer to pay by cheque. We can then send you the address to post the cheque to. Please note that the online booking is subject to a small booking fee.
John and Babs waiting for the walkers to return