In China the bile from a Moon Bear’s gallbladder is an ingredient of traditional medicine that fetches a high price on the market. Unfortunately, the process of getting this bile from the bears is cruel. Many bears live in cramped cages barely larger than themselves for fifteen years or more. This documentary isn’t a grim film that sets out to shock you with details of this inhumane practice. Instead, it is a tale of hope. It tells the story of Animals Asia that fights to have these bears released, rehabilitates them, and provides them with a heavenly habitat where they can enjoy the remainder of their lives.
From the back cover:
Narrated by bear lover Stephen Fry and directed by dear friend of Animals Asia Libby Halliday this fast moving, exciting one-hour Animal Planet special provides a fascinating and deeply moving, behind-the-scenes look at the daily trials and tribulations involved in the bear rescue – the heartbreak, the frustrations and ultimately the joy of seeing beautiful, forgiving Moon Bears enjoying their newfound freedom. Since Jill Robinson MBE, Founder of Animals Asia, stepped onto a bear farm in the early ‚90s and made a commitment to set the farmed bears free, much has changed. Today, monumental change is sweeping China in all arenas, not least in animal welfare. Animals Asia is spearheading this change as its work to end the horrific practice of bear farming inspires new attitudes of kindness and empathy towards animals.
For the 200 bears that have reached Animals Asia welcoming arms, there is a future. If we unite in a single voice, the future could include the thousands of bears left behind, and they too could make their journey to freedom.
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