Vietnamese Government to Close All Bear Bile Farms in the Country
According to the news release:
“The Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) outlines an agreement between animal welfare NGO Animals Asia and the Vietnam Administration of Forestry (VNFOREST) to work together to rescue the remaining bears still caged on farms across Vietnam — believed to be around 1,000.”
The document, signed and announced in Hanoi on Wednesday, “commits the government to ensuring no bears are allowed to be kept by private households where illegal bile extraction can take place,” and that the bears rescued throughout the country be moved to sanctuaries.
While bear bile farming has been illegal in the country since 1992, a loophole allowed bears to be kept on the government’s behalf in household farms. Animals Asia’s Vietnam Director Tuan Bendixsen noted the significance of closing this loophole, stating:
“This historic document ties NGOs and the government of Vietnam to a common goal – the end of bear bile farming in Vietnam. Crucially, the government has agreed to close the loophole that has allowed bile farming to persist for the last decade. By signing this MOU, they have agreed that there can be no bears kept on farms, because as long as they are there, they will suffer extraction.”
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