bile bear gazing out of cage

Nine reasons to celebrate 

This valentine’s day, nine bears were finally able to celebrate freedom after being rescued from bile bear farms in Binh Duong province, Vietnam.


Our biggest bear rescue to date, this project marks yet another step towards the eradication of bear bile farming in Vietnam.  

Between February 10th and 11th, bears Vui, Nui, An, Teo, Tai, Tin, Khoi, Danh, and Thi were rescued from farms and transported to our BEAR SANCTUARY Ninh Binh. Their ages are currently unknown, but they have all spent at least 17 years cramped in their tiny cages. Many of them show physical scars and even missing limbs after a solitary life of suffering in cramped cages.  

"We are so proud that in one rescue we have been able to free so many bears and bring an end to their 17 years of cruel confinement in cages.   

Now they can at last experience a more species-appropriate life at BEAR SANCTUARY Ninh Binh. Away from concrete and cramped confines, they can thrive in a vast green habitat alongside other rescued companions.

We are dedicated to ensuring that all bile farm bears go on to live a free and species-appropriate life as we continue our work to bring an end to the brutality that is symptomatic of this trade.”  

Sonul Badiani-Hamment, FOUR PAWS UK Country Director

We offer a special thanks to Animal Friends Insurance. Their kind support has funded not only the quarantine and veterinary costs, but also covered the keeping costs of all nine bears for their first year at BEAR SANCTUARY Ninh Binh.  

Our team have been working with local partners in Vietnam since 2017 to rescue as many bears as possible from their sad fate. With its bear sanctuary in Ninh Binh, FOUR PAWS is supporting the Vietnamese government to contribute to an end of bear farming and provide a species-appropriate home for rescued bears. BEAR SANCTUARY Ninh Binh is not only a safe home for former bile bears, but also, an awareness and education centre for wildlife conservation in Vietnam. With the newly rescued bears, it is currently home to 48 Asiatic black bears. 

But this is not the end 

Binh Duong province authorities have made great efforts to phase out bile bear farming in Vietnam, but this is not the end of our work in Vietnam. We are now calling on the Hanoi authorities to do the same. 

Poaching and the illegal wildlife trade is still prevalent. Because of this, the native Asiatic black bear is on the brink of local extinction. 

 Nearly 70,000 people across the UK have signed FOUR PAWS UK’s petition to end bile bear farming in Vietnam. If you’ve not yet signed the petition, why not have your say and amplify our voice in ending bile bear farming in Hanoi? 

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Sophie Miller

Digital Marketing Specialist (Maternity Cover) FOUR PAWS Australia

Sophie works in the Communications Team at FOUR PAWS Australia. She has a background in Marketing, PR and Communications across the charity sector. Sophie is passionate about animal welfare and utilises her skills and experience in communications, marketing and PR to bring about change.

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