Nhan Dan Online/VNA – The Animals Asia Foundation (AAF) and authorised agencies of the central province of Binh Thuan rescued the locality’s last farmed bear, putting an end to bear bile farming in the province.
The owner voluntarily handed over the bear, which had been caged for 14 years, to the provincial Forest Protection Department.
With this rescue, Binh Thuan has become the second province, after Thua Thien – Hue, to end the exploitative practice.
AAF Vietnam Director Dr. Tuan Bendixsen said the owner’s action was indicative of the diminishing market for bear bile.
The 150kg animal is being sent to the Vietnam Bear Rescue Centre in the northern province of Vinh Phuc, where it will join 110 others.
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