Celebrities across the world are adding their support to Animals Asia’s campaign to save the Halong Bay bears in Vietnam.
British comedian, actor and writer Stephen Fry has been joined by iconic US actor Ali MacGraw and Australian singer and actor Olivia Newton-John in their support of Animals Asia’s campaign to rescue bears suffering on a bear bile farm in Vietnam.
Supporters who would like to add their names to the letter to Vietnam’s Prime Minister asking him to help release the Halong Bay bears click here: http://www.animalsasia.cc/savehalongbears/.
The campaign follows an inspection of the bear farm’s facilities by Animals Asia in November 2014. The vet report documented bears living in terrible conditions while at least six were considered to be in danger of starving to death.
Animals Asia sent the veterinary report to the provincial Forest Protection Department and the Ministry of Rural Development on November 27. It included the request that the bears be handed over to Animals Asia for care and rehabilitation at its nearby Tam Dao bear sanctuary. Now, supporters are adding their name to a letter to Vietnam’s Prime Minister – asking him to step in and allow the bears to be rescued.
In a rallying cry to fans Emmy award winner Stephen Fry, who has more than 8.45 million Twitter followers said: “We have to save the Halong Bay bears. Please ask the Vietnam government to step in and allow them to be rescued by Animals Asia. Add your voice – sign the letter to Vietnam’s PM. These bears have spent their whole lives being abused – it must stop.”
Golden Globe winner and animal welfare legend Ali McGraw visited Animals Asia’s Tam Dao sanctuary in 2012. She said: “In 2012 I was lucky enough to visit Animals Asia’s sanctuary in Tam Dao, Vietnam. It is a paradise for bears rescued from the incredible cruelty of the bear bile industry. I recently learned that in nearby Halong Bay there are bears literally dying as a result of lack of food and care on a bile farm that nobody wants. Animals Asia has requested that the bears be removed and put into their care where they can be rehabilitated. Please sign the letter to Vietnam’s Prime Minister and ask him step in and let Animals Asia rescue these poor bears. We must save the Halong Bay bears.”