In Vietnam, a coalition of organizations called on Hanoi to end animal husbandry…

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Zurich, June 2, 2022 – A coalition of organizations advocating for the elimination of bear bile farms in Vietnam has called on the Hanoi People’s Committee (PC) to take decisive action to close the bear farms. Bear bile farm in the capital during a press conference on May 30.

17 years have passed since the Vietnamese government began to gradually shut down bear bile farms in Vietnam. In 2005, more than 4,300 bears living in captivity were registered and equipped with electronic chips. The goal is to avoid the appearance of new bears on the farm. Since then, many law enforcement agencies have worked hard to close bear bile farms in their provinces – 40 provinces now have no bear farms and only 294 bears alive on farms in the rest of the country.

While many parts of the country have made great strides in ending the cruel practice of captive bear bile, Hanoi lags behind. With 149 bears, or 51% of bears living in captivity in Vietnam, Hanoi remains the most important bear captive site.

“As the capital, Hanoi should be an example for other provinces to follow in their efforts to close bear farms in Vietnam. Unfortunately, Hanoi is the last locality to join this national effort,” said Bui Thi Ha, Deputy Director of Education for Nature – Vietnam (ENV). “It’s time for Hanoi to shut down bear farms and put an end to this brutal illegal trade.”

In January 2022, the Hanoi People’s Committee announced that all districts and cities in Hanoi must strictly adhere to the rules of wildlife management and strengthen monitoring and conservation. wildlife protection. In particular, Phuc Tho district is being strengthened. With 139 bears, this is the most active site in bear farming. These steps demonstrate the determination of the Hanoi government to take stricter measures to prevent the recurrence of bear bile farms. However, this statement is not enough and the Phuc Tho district government must commit to come up with a clear plan to shut down these mining operations, or else the bear bile industry will continue to do so in this area. .

Gilbert Sape, Global Campaign Manager – Wildlife at World Animal Welfare said: “Since 2005, World Animal Welfare has worked closely with the Vietnamese government. , the authorities and the Vietnam Bear Union to ensure the closure of bear bile farms in Vietnam. (WAP). “During this period, we have seen many provinces and cities make great progress, but Hanoi continuously lags behind in efforts. The end of bear bile farming in Hanoi is essential to ending bear farms in Vietnam, says Sape.

During the press conference, the Vietnam Bear Alliance, which includes ENV, FOUR PAWS and WAP, also suggested measures the Hanoi government could take to ensure the closure of these farms in Hanoi, including :

  • strengthen supervision and inspection of honey farming establishments;
  • act immediately and forcefully in case of violations or illegal presence of bears on farms, confiscation of bears;
  • prosecute and severely punish serious violations;
  • livestock production is prohibited on private farms;
  • persuade owners to voluntarily hand over bears to authorities and not have to pay compensation;
  • promote plant-based alternatives to bear bile and other cruelty-free solutions.

Several bear shelters, including FOUR PAWS Ninh Binh BEAR FOREST, have been established to provide formerly breeding bears with a species-appropriate home for their lives. “At their new home in Ninh Binh BEAR FOREST, rescued bears can re-learn to follow their natural instincts,” said Ioana Dungler, wildlife department manager at FOUR PAWS. “Our bears are finding a life befitting their species after living in cruel captivity. We want to give this life to bears living in captivity in Hanoi. We hope one day we can say that Hanoi province has no more bear farms.”

With the support and determined action of the People’s Committees of Hanoi City and Phuc Tho District, a bear-free future in Hanoi can become a reality in just a few years.

The Vietnam Bear Coalition thanks the government and law enforcement agencies, other NGOs that operate their shelters to international standards, and the public for their participation in the fight against the bear farm for bile.

Vietnam Bear Alliance

A coalition of NGOs Education for Nature – Vietnam (ENV), World Animal Welfare and FOUR FRUIT was established in 2016 with the aim of supporting the Department of Nature Conservation (DONC) and the Administration of Forestry (AOF), responsible for the management of bear farms in Vietnam, were established with the aim of accelerating the closure of bear farms in Vietnam. This means that there will be no more bears in bear farms and other operations in Vietnam (with the exception of non-commercial facilities such as zoos and educational institutions, scientific facilities and centers). guard).

In early 2017, the coalition completed a program to end bear farms in Vietnam, which included the basic elements of the campaign: (1) strengthening laws and policies, (2 ) strengthen monitoring of bear farms, (3) increase the number of provinces without bear farms, (4) confiscated and abandoned bear habitats, (5) eliminate bear crime and reduce the likelihood of bears. supply capacity in the market, (6) focus on sensitive areas, (7) pressure on ranchers to abandon bear bile farming, and (8) reduced consumer demand.

QUATRE PATTES est l’organisation mondiale de protection des animaux sous influence humaine directe, qui révèle leurs souffrances, sauve les animaux en détresse et les protège. Fondée en 1988 à Vienne par Heli Dungler et des amis, l'organisation plaide pour un monde où les humaines traitent les animaux avec respect, compassion et compréhension. Les campagnes et projets durables se concentrent sur les chiens et chats errants ainsi que sur les animaux de compagnie, les animaux de rente et les animaux sauvages – tels que les ours, les grands félins et les orangs-outans – vivant dans de mauvaises conditions de détention ainsi que dans les zones de catastrophe et de conflit. Avec des bureaux en Afrique du Sud, Allemagne, Australie, Autriche, Belgique, Bulgarie, Kosovo, Pays-Bas, Royaume-Uni, Suisse, Thaïlande, Ukraine, USA et Vietnam ainsi que des refuges pour animaux en détresse dans onze pays, QUATRE PATTES fournit une aide rapide et des solutions durables. La Fondation est en outre un partenaire d'Arosa Terre des Ours, le premier refuge en Suisse qui offre aux ours sauvés de mauvaises conditions de détention un environnement adapté à l’espèce.


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Des photos de la FORÊT DES OURS de Ninh Binh et des ours que QUATRE PATTES a sauvés, ainsi que leurs anciennes conditions de détention, sont téléchargeables  ici. Vous trouverez  ici une sélection de photos de la conférence de presse.
Deux compilations pour les médias qui montrent le travail de QUATRE PATTES au Vietnam pour mettre fin à l'élevage d'ours à bile sont disponibles  ici. 
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