Tuesday, 2 April 2013

Cages of Shame

In March I travelled to London to see the UK viewing of Martin Guinness' film, Cages of Shame. A heart-rending and thought-provoking film, it documents the work carried out by Animals Asia, a charity dedicated to end the suffering of bears kept for bear bile farming.

Across south east Asia, many bears are confined in small metal cages for their whole lives. They suffer hunger, thirst and disease. They are subjected to painful and stressful procedures to extract their bile. They cannot behave in any way that is innately ‘bear’. This is for the production and collection of bear bile for the traditional Chinese medicine market, a market with consumers all around the world.

Martin Guinness' inspiring film not only highlights Animals Asia's dedication to rescue and care for these bears, but it also shows the huge impact raising awareness and education has to spread the word, change hearts and minds, and lead to a shared and more powerful voice to influence governments and policy makers.

I'll have more to say about bear bile farming nearer the publication of Moon Bear, my next book and some exciting news about a very special bear!

To find out more about Animals Asia's work follow the link...

With Jill Robinson, the founder of Animals Asia

Peter Egan, the ambassador for Animals Asia


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