Animals Asia Foundation said it has received more than 7,000 letters from across the world urging the Vietnamese government to confiscate bears being held in captivity on bile farms in Ha Long Bay.
The letters were in response to a writing campaign launched by the foundation requesting that authorities save 79 endangered Asiatic black bears kept for bile extraction, the foundation said in a statement released late last week.
The bears are not registered and have no microchips, which are legally required in Vietnam, the foundation said.
Bear bile farming was made illegal in Vietnam in 1992. The bile is used in traditional medicine for a range of “heat-related” ailments such as eye and liver disease, Animals Asia said.
“We put our faith in the government, and have built a world-class bear rescue center to accommodate these bears,” said Tuan Bendixsen, Animals Asia’s Vietnam director. He called for immediate confiscation of the 24 bears found at a farm during a police raid on October 2.
Source: Thanh Nien