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!
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Vietnam’s Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc has signed a new directive that bans wildlife imports and closes illegal wildlife markets, a move applauded by Humane Society International (HSI)/Vietnam. This directive provides clear instructions to relevant enforcement agencies and authorities to take immediate actions to better control wildlife trade as part of the global response to the threat of zoonotic diseases such as COVID-19 posed by wildlife consumption and trade.
The move follows a letter and recommendations sent to the Prime Minister’s office in February 2020 by 14 wildlife protection organizations, including: Pan Nature, Change, Save Vietnam Wildlife, ENV, WCS, WWF Vietnam and HSI/Vietnam, urging the government to shut down wild animal markets and other vendors selling wildlife for human consumption. Additionally, in April, HSI/Vietnam sent an urgent plea and science-based white paper to the Prime Minister’s office and other relevant ministries calling for immediate action to ban wildlife trade, transport, and consumption — particularly mammal and bird species, which are known to contract coronaviruses — in order to address the threat they pose to public health in addition to animal welfare and species conservation.
“Vietnam’s directive clearly shows the government’s commitment to eradicating illegal wildlife trade and consumption. The directive bans wildlife imports with certain exemptions, and urges the closure of illegal wildlife markets,” said Ms. Phuong Tham, HSI/Vietnam’s Director in an email sent to WAN. “It also discourages all citizens from illegally hunting, catching, buying, selling, transporting, slaughtering, consuming, storing, and advertising wildlife. These measures combined with strict management of wildlife farming are extremely welcome news in the global efforts to end wildlife exploitation and the grave risks for conservation, animal welfare, and human health.”
“The existence of wildlife markets in many locations has been a big problem in Vietnam for a long time, with many Vietnamese people consuming endangered species such as cobra, turtle, and pangolin, as well as monkeys, birds, and other unprotected species,” continued Tham. “Without stronger actions, Vietnam risks eating many of these species into extinction because they can so easily be purchased in markets, from street vendors and even just outside of our national parks. Vietnam’s rapacious appetite for wildlife is endangering not just these species’ survival, but as we have seen with the coronavirus outbreak, it is endangering people’s lives too, so this ban can’t come soon enough.”
Although the exact origins of the current coronavirus are still unknown, it likely originated in a market in Wuhan, China, that was selling and slaughtering live wild animals on site. Multiple infectious disease outbreaks have been tied to the wildlife trade, including SARS, which is believed to have been passed to humans by civets sold in a Chinese wildlife market for meat in 2003. An estimated 75% of emerging infectious diseases are zoonotic (spread from non-human animals to humans).
“The current COVID-19 pandemic has illustrated just how deadly the wildlife trade can be, not just for the wild animals involved, but also for people throughout the world. COVID-19 is a tipping point that governments like that of Vietnam are wise not to ignore. Wildlife markets worldwide are a petri dish for the next global pandemic, so this directive opens a way for Vietnam to end their illegal wildlife trade and also help global efforts to prevent the next global pandemic from happening,” said Teresa Telecky, Vice President of wildlife at HSI. “Furthermore, the temporary ban on wildlife imports will save many endangered and threatened species from exploitation and consumption.
“Based on this directive, we look forward to upcoming actions that Vietnam will take to prevent wild tigers from being captured and laundered into captive facilities and also prevent the trafficking of tigers and their products and derivatives from captive facilities in the country,” concluded Telecky.
Last month, the Vietnamese National Assembly ratified a free trade agreement with the European Union that includes provisions to support the Vietnamese government’s efforts to curb the wildlife trade.
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