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Breaking! Animals Asia’s New PSA ‘The Only Cure Is Kindness’ Aims To Raise Funds To Save More Bears From The Bear Bile Industry In Vietnam

A growing number of celebrities are joining Animals Asia for their The Only Cure Is Kindness’ campaign which is aimed at saving bears from bear bile farms. Ali McGraw, Jimmi Simpson, Olivia Newton-John, Dr. Jane Goodall, Ricky Gervais, Maggie Q, and Karen Mok, are among the global personalities featured in a newly-released PSA which calls for a reset of humanity’s relationship with nature.

This latest video not only continues to highlight the need for change, but also offers specific action that viewers can take to help bring about that change by supporting the work of Animals Asia.

The campaign coincides with Animals Asia’s need to construct a second bear sanctuary in Vietnam, in order to meet their commitment under an exclusive Memorandum of Understanding with the Vietnamese government to completely end bear bile farming in the country over the next few years.

‘’I was part of the campaign to stop Animals Asia’s Vietnam sanctuary from being evicted from its home in Tam Dao National Park in 2012,’’ Ali MacGraw said in a statement, further noting that the thriving sanctuary is now nearly full, caring for almost 200 bears. “Animals Asia needs help again to build a new sanctuary so that they can bring the remaining bears on farms home and end the practice of bile farming in the country for good.”

‘The Only Cure is Kindness’ campaign, which launched in August of last year, has also garnered support from such well-known animal welfare advocates as Dame Judi Dench, Joanna Lumley OBE, and Virginia McKenna OBE.

“The health implications of our mistreatment of animals has been made abundantly clear by the spread of COVID-19,” stated Animals Asia Founder and CEO, Jill Robinson. “While we have made some incredible progress over the past 20 years, this video highlights the urgency to bring about lasting change, for ourselves and all the species with which we share the planet.”

As the world continues to reel from the effects of COVID-19, this is a timely reminder of the need to look beyond the production of a vaccine for this one virus, and address the root cause of the crisis in order to avoid a repeat of this devastating outbreak.

“It’s a wake-up call we all must heed’” concluded Robinson, who expressed her gratitude to everyone who has helped Animals Asia raise awareness about the travesty that is the bear bile industry. “Because ultimately, the only cure is kindness.”

Donations to help Animals Asia build a new sanctuary for the bears rescued from the bear bile industry in Vietnam can be made, HERE!

You can help all animals and our planet by choosing compassion on your plate and in your glass. #GoVeg

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WAN Exclusive: Your Help Is Needed As 19 Orphaned & Injured Black Bear Cubs Have Been Rescued & Are Being Cared For By The Wildlife Center Of Virginia

The Wildlife Center of Virginia, which is experiencing a record year for black bear rescues, is currently caring for 19 cubs from across the state who have been orphaned, injured, or separated from their mothers. The young cubs were born in January and February of this year.

Upon learning that the Center recently issued a plea for food to help feed the black bear cubs, WAN and our charity Peace 4 Animals wanted to know how we could help.

WAN connected with Lauren Edzenga, a knowledgeable Outreach Educator for The Wildlife Center of Virginia, which holds the only rehabilitation permit for black bears in the state. Hence, the facility is well-equipped to take care of this adorably unique species.

“It is fall, and it’s the time of year when bears in the wild begin to eat excessively as they bulk up for the ‘lean times’ of winter,” Edzenga told WAN. “It is called hyperphagia, and the 19 cubs are now eating us out of house and home.”

According to Edzenga, the Center’s bear-care team has increased bear feeding from 152 pounds to 190 pounds of food per day. That is 10 pounds of food per cub, seven days a week.

Fortunately, many locals have been delivering requested menu items for the cubs, including a variety of nuts.

“While these cubs are not related siblings, they are being raised together in an effort to provide them with the social interaction they require, as well as to reduce the risk of them becoming habituated or used to humans,” explained Edzenga.

To limit human interaction, Edzenga shared that only a few members of the staff care for the orphaned bear cubs. Depending on their age and condition when they arrive, cubs may live in a Zinger crate, in the Center’s Large Mammal Isolation enclosure, or in the Center’s Black Bear Complex.

The Center has some set weight guidelines that help determine when cubs are ready to move to their next stage of housing; the cubs usually move to the Large Mammal enclosure when they are more than 3.0 kg, which is typically in May. Once they weigh more than 10 kg, typically in July, they are large enough to move to the Black Bear Complex. The cubs also must be weaned from their formula before they are moved to the Black Bear Complex, which is a half-acre forest to explore.

“Wild animals require very intensive, specialized care, so it’s important that wildlife in need is given to permitted wildlife rehabilitators so they have the best chance of survival,” stated Edzenga.

The young bears will be cared for by the Wildlife Center until next spring, at the time when they would naturally begin dispersing from their mothers. The 2020 cubs will be released back into the wild in the spring of 2021. 

The Wildlife Center of Virginia is a non-profit formed in 1982 to provide quality health care, often on an emergency basis, to native wildlife. The Center admits more than 3,000 patients annually, accounting for over 200 different species.

For ways to help these adorable orphaned cubs, please donate to The Wildlife Center of Virginia HERE! 

You can help all animals and our planet by choosing compassion on your plate and in your glass. #GoVeg

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Breaking! 62 Bears Killed On First Day Of New Jersey’s Bear Hunting Season; Help Us End The 2020 Hunt

Animal Advocates across the United States are heartbroken after a reported 62 black bears were horrifically killed at the start of New Jersey’s annual bear hunt on Monday.

According to NJ.com, Sussex County had the most bears killed on Monday, with a total of 26. Morris County had 17 bears killed and 11 bears in Warren County. Passaic County had three bears killed and one bear each in Bergen and Hunterdon counties.

WAN recently reported hopeful news after New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy announced that the New Jersey Fish and Game Council proposed changes to the state’s “Game Code” that would end bear hunting in New Jersey after 2020.

Unfortunately, the proposed changes have not yet been implemented and the New Jersey bear hunt has been allowed to take place this year. Sadly, 62 black bears have already been killed in the hunt and that number is expected to rise as the hunting season continues.

“The 62 bears that were killed today are a perfect example of how out of touch wildlife agencies are with public opinion. Wildlife belongs to every citizen as a collective trust, not just those that want to hunt them,” Adam Sugalski, Founder and Executive Director of One Protest told WAN.

“Several people and groups have fought for years against corrupt government officials that have allowed this hunt to continue, despite public outcry and non-lethal solutions to bear-human conflicts.

“After our organization helped successfully stop the Florida black bear hunt in 2016, we assisted N.J. bear advocates in their fight to stop bear hunting. We have provided flyers, posters, advice, and a petition that now has over 33,000 signatures. We have learned that there is no ‘one size fits all’ approach to stop bear trophy hunting in the United States, and the most remarkable victories achieved for bears and other wildlife happen when people are willing to roll up their sleeves and work together,” concluded Sugalski.

The bear hunt is sadly open for bowhunting through Wednesday and muzzleloaders will also be allowed Thursday through Saturday of this week. A second segment of bear hunting, for sickos with firearms, will open on December 7th.

Former Democratic State Senator from Union County, Raymond Lesniak, announced that a coalition of animal rights activists plans to sue the state over the statutory makeup of the New Jersey Fish and Game Council.

Please contact the numbers below and urge them to end the New Jersey bear hunts this year. You can also sign the petition HERE!

Governor Phil Murphy
Phone: (609) 292-6000
Email HERE!

DEP Commissioner, Catherine R. McCabe
Phone: (609) 292-2885

NJ Fish & Wildlife Council and Committee Members
Phone: (609) 292-2965
Email: njfishandwildlife@dep.nj.gov

You can help all animals and our planet by choosing compassion on your plate and in your glass. #GoVeg

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Breaking! New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy Moves To Put An End To The State’s Barbaric Bear Hunts Beginning Next Year

Yesterday, Governor Phil Murphy announced that the New Jersey Fish and Game Council has proposed changes to the state’s Game Code that would end bear hunting in New Jersey after 2020.

The Fish and Game Council, which has authority over the hunt, has proposed an amendment to the New Jersey Game Code that suspends the hunt and removes the current Comprehensive Black Bear Management Policy from the Game Code.

These changes enable the Council and the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) to conduct a thorough review of the current scientific data to develop a new policy that promotes public safety and welfare while protecting New Jersey’s wildlife, with a focus on non-lethal bear-management techniques.

“With today’s announcement, we will end the bear hunt under my Administration and develop a new black bear policy that keeps public safety at the forefront of our concerns while protecting wildlife in the state,” Governor Murphy said in a statement. “I am grateful to the Fish and Game Council for their commitment to working with the Department of Environmental Protection to address this issue and chart a better way forward.”

“The DEP’s Division of Fish and Wildlife (DFW), in coordination with the independent Fish and Game Council, is committed to protecting public safety and wildlife,” stated DEP Commissioner Catherine R. McCabe. “As DFW and the Council embark upon the data and policy analysis necessary to develop a new Comprehensive Black Bear Management Policy, we will rely on the best available science, communicate often with the public, and work to achieve the best balance. We look forward to continuing our productive dialogue with the Council on this and other important natural resource management priorities.”

The rules proposed in yesterday’s New Jersey Register are subject to a 60-day comment period. Pending the public comment process, the current Comprehensive Black Bear Management Policy will be removed from the Game Code, which means that no bear hunt may proceed unless and until a new Policy is adopted. The Murphy Administration will prioritize non-lethal bear management strategies in any future Policy. Bear hunting will not proceed after the 2020 season under the Murphy Administration.

In August 2018, Governor Murphy signed an Executive Order directing the DEP to close all public lands under the Department’s jurisdiction to bear hunting for the 2018 season. That order prohibited bear hunting in all state forests, state parks, state recreation areas, state historic sites, state wildlife management areas, and state natural areas.

You can help all animals and our planet by choosing compassion on your plate and in your glass. #GoVeg

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FOUR PAWS Rescues Two Asiatic Black Bear Cubs From The Illegal Wildlife Trade In Vietnam After Smuggler Tried To Sell Them Online

“Although the sale and possession of bear bile is illegal in Vietnam, it still exists due to weak enforcement of the laws. We hope that this new directive and subsequent revised enforcement efforts will also affect bear farming and eradicate the illegal sale and possession of bile products. We also hope that these efforts will ensure no new and illegal bears enter bear farms and that any unregistered bears are swiftly confiscated,” said Kieran Harkin from FOUR PAWS.

Following years of work trying to end illegal bear bile farming and wildlife trafficking in Vietnam, FOUR PAWS urges the Vietnamese authorities to enforce the ban comprehensively in order to efficiently protect wildlife.

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Joaquin Phoenix & Ricky Gervais Are Among Many Influential Stars Demanding An End To Bear Bile Farming In Animals Asia’s New “The Only Cure Is Kindness” Campaign

A galaxy of global superstars, led by comedian Ricky Gervais, pop star Mýa, actors Dame Judi Dench, Olivia Newton John, and Tzi Ma, as well as renowned conservationist Dame Jane Goodall, have all come together to record an impassioned video calling for a reset of humanity’s relationship with nature in the wake of the COVID-19 crisis and its zoonotic origins.

Actor Joaquin Phoenix, who doesn’t appear in the video, is also spreading the message, appearing on social media wearing a t-shirt bearing the “The Only Cure is Kindness” message.

”I’ve been a huge admirer of Joaquin Phoenix for over 20 years  – not only as a brilliant actor but as someone who has long made ‘kindness in action’ one of the prime focuses of his life. His powerful narration and involvement in Earthlings was something that turned me, like so many people across the world, into someone celebrating a plant-based diet,” Jill Robinson Founder & CEO of Animals Asia told WAN. “The whole team of Animals Asia is beyond thrilled to see this kind and influential icon involved in our Kindness campaign that will not only help our beautiful rescued bear cubs in Vietnam, but will help to shine the spotlight on why the only cure is kindness.”

In mid-July, as the celebrities recorded their video messages, Animals Asia rescued two three-month-old moon bear cubs that had been illegally trapped and listed for sale on the black market. Animals Asia is thankfully now taking care of them at their sanctuary in Tam Dao, Vietnam.

“If this crisis has taught us anything, it’s the power of leaving nature alone – and that ‘The Only Cure is Kindness,’” said British comedian Ricky Gervais in a statement sent to WAN. “We’ve got so much to learn from animals and nature – and there is so much we can do to help. Animals Asia are actively harnessing that kindness to end bear-bile farming, rescuing bears and taking care of them. Let’s be kinder to nature, and kinder and more forgiving to each other too.”

The actors, musicians, and conservationists came together – virtually – to raise awareness to the plight of the Asiatic black bear, or ‘moon bear,’ and the urgent need to end the practice of bear bile farming – where bears are held in tiny cages so that their bile can be extracted for use in ”traditional medicine.”

Animals Asia, which created the video to mark Moon Bear Day on August 8th, aims to rescue 500 bears currently in bear bile farms in Vietnam by 2022, so they can live out their lives in a sanctuary with world class care. To date, Animals Asia has rescued 634 bears, and has an agreement with Vietnamese authorities to completely end bear bile farming in Vietnam by 2022.

The video, featuring Ricky Gervais, Jane Goodall, Mulan star Tzi Ma, Dame Judi Dench, Downton Abbey stars Peter Egan and Lesley Nicol, Guns’n’Roses rockers Slash and Matt Sorum, and actors Dame Olivia Newton John AC DBE, Virginia McKenna OBE, Joanna Lumley OBE, James Cromwell, Louis Hofmann, Daniel Gillies, Celina Jade, Maggie Q, Dustin Nguyen, Kristin Bauer, Michelle Forbes, Tara Buck, poet Benjamin Zephaniah, Vietnamese TV Presenter Minh Trang Nguyen, musician Rick Wakeman and singers Han Geng and Mýa, highlights the mistreatment of animals as a root cause of pandemics such as the COVID-19 crisis.

“It’s absolutely amazing, because just as the international stars were recording their video clips, our team in Vietnam got a call saying that two baby bears needed to be rescued,” said Jill Robinson MBE, Founder and CEO of Animals Asia, who also appears in the video.

“It’s brilliant to be able to welcome all of these household names into the Animals Asia family. By helping us mark Moon Bear Day and our historic agreement with the Vietnam Government, these global stars are raising awareness about the suffering caused by the bear bile industry.

“Our supporters have been so generous in supporting our work, but the task ahead is formidable.

“Animals Asia plans to help rescue up to 500 bears from 142 farms in Vietnam, so they can live out their lives in a sanctuary with world class care. This will take time, effort and resources – by lending their voices, these luminaries are sending a message to each and every one of us that: “The Only Cure is Kindness,” said Robinson.

“With the campaign to end bear bile farming in Vietnam close to realization, Jill Robinson and Animals Asia have truly been leading the way, and I hope that their model of kindness in action will be rolled out across Asia,” said famed British ethologist and anthropologist Dr. Jane Goodall, DBE, Founder – the Jane Goodall Institute & UN Messenger of Peace. “We’ve all now experienced what it’s like to be cooped up for a few short months and I believe people will now have more empathy for the innocent and intelligent creatures who can be trapped on farms, in horrible conditions, for decades. It’s clear, The Only Cure is Kindness.”

“As a Vietnamese-American, I am proud of how Animals Asia is working closely on a plan with the Vietnamese government to put the bears’ welfare first, in collaboration with the people of Vietnam – the overwhelming majority of whom have nothing to do with bear farming,” said actor, film star and Animals Asia spokesperson Maggie Q, who adopted a moon bear – named Phoenix – in 2019.

“Thanks to the work of Animals Asia, Vietnam’s traditional medical association has agreed to stop prescribing bear bile.  Animals Asia is also working respectfully with communities throughout Vietnam, including in areas which have been bear farm hotspots. They’re educating kids in the wider community about animal welfare, and training up Vietnamese veterinarians and animal welfare specialists,” she continued. “I am proud to support the changes that will help moon bears in Vietnam – my country and my mother’s country.”

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