“The worst sin towards our fellow creatures is not to hate them, but to be indifferent to them. That's the essence of inhumanity.”
— George Bernard Shaw
Imagine being confined in a cage so small that you cannot stand up or even stretch your legs. You spend days on end banging your head against the bars and chewing your limbs, just to relieve the frustration of not having anything to do, anywhere to move.
Now imagine, in addition to that, a permanent open, festering wound in your abdomen that has been crudely created, through which your bile is painfully extracted daily.
The pain and anguish is unbearable…you would do anything to make it end.
This is the tragic reality for scores of bears imprisoned in bear farms in Lao PDR, drained of their bile day after day for use in traditional medicine preparations that we humans simply do not need. Bears may endure 10-15 years of this living nightmare, sometimes more.
Many of these bears have been captured from the wild, depleting already disappearing wild populations.
ACRES and Love Wildlife Foundation will be establishing the first Wildlife Rescue and Education Centre in Lao PDR. The centre will mainly house bears rescued from bear farms and the project is in partnership with the Lao Zoo.
The signing of the MOU to establish the ACRES Wildlife Rescue and Education Centre was witnessed by H.E. Dr. Thongloun Sisoulith, Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister of the Lao PDR and Mr. K Shanmugam, Singapore’s Minister for Foreign Affairs and Minster for Law.
As well as providing a safe sanctuary for rescued bears, the project will play a vital role in the long-term phasing out of bear farming and the wildlife trade in Lao PDR by:
The ACRES Wildlife Rescue and Education Centre will feature an on-site Education Centre and provide educational programmes on a variety of animal protection issues.
A Volunteer House will also be built and will help inspire Laotions to join us in making a difference for animals.
Your support means the world to the bears suffering in the bile farms in Lao. For more details on how to donate, please contact Communications Officer Shahida Iqubal firstname.lastname@example.org