Prime Minister of Vietnam: Stop the eviction of Animals Asia's Vietnam bear sanctuary
My name is Jill Robinson, and I have been working to end the horrific practice of bear bile farming in China and Vietnam, for the last two decades. The organisation I founded, Animals Asia, has rescued nearly 400 bears in award winning sanctuaries in both countries.
In Vietnam we run a sanctuary for 104 rescued bears, but they are about to lose their home, due to a proposed tourist development.
We’re facing eviction from our site in Tam Dao National Park due to one man. Its believed the park director, Do Dinh Tien, lobbied the Ministry of Defence to evict Animals Asia, so he can hand the land to Truong Giang Tam Dao Joint Stock Company, of which his daughter is part-owner. The company intends to build commercial property including a tourist park and hotels.
The eviction would see 104 bears that have been rescued from the bile industry evicted, 77 local Vietnamese staff unemployed, and financial losses to Animals Asia of more than US $2 million.
The bears are being rehabilitated after years of trauma from being locked up in small cages and milked for their bile. These bears will be forced to return to cages to be relocated. This will have a major negative impact on their mental and physical well-being as it is likely to take at least two years to establish a new centre with outdoor enclosures.
Please join Animals Asia in asking the Prime Minister of Vietnam to stop the unjust eviction of Animals Asia's Vietnam Bear Rescue Centre in Tam Dao National Park.
Sign this petition and tell the Prime Minister to honour his government’s original agreement with Animals Asia and allow the rescue centre to remain in Tam Dao National Park.
- The Prime Minister of Vietnam
I support Animals Asia’s appeal against the eviction of its Bear Rescue Centre from Tam Dao National Park and urge you as Prime Minister to overturn the Ministry of Defence eviction order. Please honour the original agreement between the Vietnamese government and Animals Asia and allow the rescue centre to continue operating on its existing site and expand in order to accommodate 200 bears, as originally agreed.
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