Animals Asia and their mission to end bear farming, is an issue that is very important to me. I have spent the better part of 7 years working to help raise awareness and funding for this very worthy cause. And now the unthinkable is happening. The director of the Tam Dao National Park in Vietnam, where Animals Asia has their sanctuary, is trying to evict them. It seems that the park director, Mr Tien has been pressuring Animals Asia to relinquish the land since April 2011. It is believed that he intends to hand it over to a stock company, in which his daughter has an investment. Despite the blatant corruption, Mr. Tien's campaign has been so successful that the order to finalize the eviction is currently sitting on the Prime Minister's desk awaiting his signature. So time is of the essence! Please read the information that I've copied below and TAKE ACTION. We need to have the Prime Minister's desk flooded with our emails and letters pressuring him to make the right decision and to honor his commitment to Animals Asia.
October 10, 2012
The Honorable Prime Minister
The Socialist Republic of Vietnam
Mr. Nguyen Tan Dung
Dear Honorable Prime Minister,
I write to express my deep concern about the recent attempts to evict Animals
Asia and its world-class bear sanctuary from Vietnam’s Tam Dao National
I am appalled that this situation has arisen, particularly as the Vietnam
Government is leading the way in Southeast Asia by working with Animals
Asia to end bear bile farming.
The eviction is in direct violation of the Vietnam government’s 2005
Agreement with Animals Asia to fund and develop a facility on 12 hectares of
the park that would permanently rehabilitate and house 200 endangered
bears rescued from the illegal bear bile industry. Based on this agreement,
Animals Asia has invested more than US$2 million in building and
The closure would see 104 bears that have been rescued from the bile
industry evicted, 77 Vietnamese staff made unemployed, and financial losses
to Animals Asia of more than US$2 million. The local economy that depends
on the center would be severely impacted, and the Vietnamese government’s
commitment to ending bear bile farming would be called into question.
I write to ask that you honor your agreement with Animals Asia and support
the organization’s right to continue operating its sanctuary.
Please honor your agreement to Animals Asia and stop the eviction.