Asiatic black bear in a cage

Vietnam’s #1 Bear Farming Hotspot: Hanoi

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For over 15 years, Vietnam’s government, together with NGOs, have been fighting to end the cruel practice of bear farming in Vietnam. Collective efforts have resulted in a 92% reduction in the number of bile bears in Vietnam, from 4,300 bears recorded in 2005 to 347 bears on farms by June 2021. Many bear owners across the country have voluntarily given up their bears thanks to great efforts made by local authorities. 

However, while significant progress has been made across the country, Hanoi remains the country’s #1 bear farming hotspot, with 161 bears on 31 farms accounting for 46% of the total bile bears in Vietnam! Of the 161 bears being kept at 31 Hanoi farms, 149 bears are being kept on 23 farms in Phuc Tho district alone! (All figures refer to end of April 2021).

Instead of leading the nation in efforts to end bear farming in Vietnam, Hanoi – Vietnam’s capital city – is way behind the rest of the country. While many other provinces have been working hard to end bear farming, Hanoi province has shown little improvements in efforts to deal with this industry, reflecting poorly upon overall efforts by the government to phase out bear farming throughout the rest of the country. Hanoi is the country’s capital, and therefore should be setting an example for other provinces to follow, and not create an embarrassment for Vietnam on the global stage.

It falls to the Hanoi government to instruct Hanoi authorities and local governments to step up and end bear farming in their jurisdictions, as well as to ensure that a precedent of zero tolerance is set for the rest of the country in dealing with the bear farming situation.

To end bear farming for the bile trade in Vietnam, we must end bear farming in Hanoi! Please sign our petition addressed to the Hanoi Government and help Hanoi’s bile bears!

#SaveTheSaddestBears in Hanoi

The suffering of a bile bears need to stop!

The suffering of bears for the bile trade need to stop!

Hope for bile bears in Vietnam

FOUR PAWS provides a species-appropriate forever home for former bile bears at BEAR SANCTUARY Ninh Binh. Watch this video below to see how we can give these bears a life they deserve.

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