Vietnam commits to preserving bears and terminating bile bear farming

Wednesday, 2017-07-19 17:02:05
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NDO – The Vietnam Administration of Forestry (VAF) and Animals Asia signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU), in Hanoi on July 19, concerning the development of guidelines and plans needed to terminate bile bear farming and preserve the remaining number of bears in the wild.

The signing ceremony was attended by Dr. Jill Robinson MBE, the founder and Director General of Animals Asia; Cao Chi Cong, Deputy Head of the VAF; and the relevant agencies and organisations operating in the field of protection and conservation of wild animals.

Under the MOU, the two sides will collaborate with each other, as well as with the relevant parties, to strengthen the management of bear preservation work on a national scale, via the deployment of activities, including the finalising of policies on bear preservation; facilitating the dissemination and enforcement of laws on managing and supervising bear farming activities; improving the capabilities of bear rescue centres; and organising research and other activities aiming to conserve the bear population in the wild.

Addressing the event, Cong showed his appreciation for the success of the ‘Vietnam Bear Rescue Centre’ model, as well as the efforts made by Animals Asia in caring for and rescuing bears over recent times. He expressed his hope that the newly signed cooperation deal would facilitate collaboration between the two sides in conducting research and managing bear preservation work across the country.

For his part, Dr. Jill Robinson MBE recognised the support and cooperation from the VAF, whilst attaching great importance to the connection between the two sides. Animals Asia will do its utmost to ensure the optimal efficiency of bilateral cooperation in managing bear conservation in Vietnam, he affirmed.

The signing of the MOU seeks to create favourable conditions for the VAF and Animals Asia to jointly organise activities needed to put an end to bile bear farming, to strengthen management over bears reared in captivity in rescue centres, and to preserve the wild bear population in Vietnam.

Animals Asia is an international charity organisation, which has collaborated with the Vietnamese Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, to sponsor, construct and operate the Vietnam Bear Rescue Centre.

Since it began bear rescue work in Vietnam nine years ago, Animals Asia has rescued 186 bears (including Malayan sun bears and Asian black bears), 170 of which are living in the semi-natural environment at the Vietnam Bear Rescue Centre in the buffer zone of the Tam Dao National Park.

Animals Asia has also worked closely with Vietnam’s functional agencies and its forestry sector to rescue bears and disseminate laws on bear protection.