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“Cages of Shame” screening in London with Jill Robinson

Come and join Dr Jill Robinson MBE and the London Animals Asia Support Group for a screening of the award winning “Cages of Shame” by Martin Guinness that 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 now, aged 33.

The Odeon Lounge is very generously donating the use of the theatre and the technician is volunteering his time, so at least 80% of the £30 entrance fee will go towards helping the animals.

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Payment can be made by paypal on our meetup page or by cheque. If you wish to pay by cheque please contact us for details using the form below.

Places are strictly limited so please book early to avoid disappointment.

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

Vietnam Bear Sanctuary saved from Eviction

Vietnam safe

Animals Asia’s Vietnam bear rescue centre has been saved from the eviction threat that has been hanging over it since 5 October 2012. A communiqué issued by the Vietnamese government confirms that Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung has concluded that the rescue centre’s operation should be maintained, and that construction on the project’s second phase should continue.

This decision ensures that the 104 bears living at the centre that have been rescued from the bile industry will stay, 77 local Vietnamese staff keep their jobs, and Animals Asia who fund and operate the centre will not suffer the financial losses of US $2 million as previously feared.

The full story can be found on Animals Asia’s website

Stop The Eviction

As the future of Animals Asia’s Vietnam sanctuary is still up in the air, founder and CEO Jill Robinson asks us to share this short and moving video far and wide to help stop the eviction of 104 bears and 77 staff.

Jill’s message to everyone:

“Filmed by very generous David Finnegan and his team, with our Tuan, Annemarie, Kirsty and Tuan BW telling the whole sorry story like it is. Please spread far and wide…….”

You can help Stop the Eviction by e-mailing Vietnam’s Prime Minister and Ministry of Agriculture through this link: