Animals Asia unveiled the location of its new sanctuary in Vietnam, in a star-studded event, bringing the organization one step closer to ending the cruel, outdated and illegal practice of bear bile farming in the country. The official inauguration will take place on July 15 with actors Lesley Nicol and Peter Egan joining several government officials and Buddhist groups.

Jill Robinson, former student of Sai Kung, co-founder and CEO of Animals Asia, told BUZZ that “this is a truly historic day. We are witnessing another monumental chapter in our collaboration with the Vietnamese government which will lead to the final end of bear bile farming”.

Site of the new bear sanctuary in Vietnam

Jill and Animals Asia’s bear, vet and rescue teams in Vietnam were joined virtually by global superstars including Dame Judi Dench, Joaquin Phoenix, Ricky Gervais, James Cromwell, Stephen Fry, Peter Egan, Kesha, Jimmi Simpson, Rick Wakeman and famed environmentalist Dr Jane Goodall, DBE, on the ground in Vietnam were actresses Tara Buck, Torrey DeVito, Marina Squerciati and award-winning photographer Katarina Benzova.

This new 12-hectare sanctuary will sit in the beautiful, mountainous setting of Bach Ma National Park and eventually house the bears that are still trapped in bile farms.

Once the last bear is rescued, this trade will be part of Vietnam’s history and set a precedent for other countries in the region. And for Animals Asia, it will be the achievement of one of our founding goals – to end the farming of bear bile in Vietnam.

Animals Asia has rescued over 650 bears across Vietnam and China, bringing joy and peace to broken bears who have spent years in cages, suffering from repeated bile extractions.

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