Why am I wearing this shirt? People often ask me about the design. The Animals Asia Foundation is an organization dedicated to animal welfare based in Hong Kong with facilities in Chengdu, China and Vietnam. Founded in 1998 by Jill Robinson, their main focus is to rescue moon bears from the horrible conditions of bile farms, providing them a safe and enriching sanctuary to heal and live better lives. The Animals Asia website has many photos along with descriptions of what they do and I would encourage everyone to learn more there.
Animals Asia's website
The reason I'm aware of Animals Asia is because my sister has been one of their resident veterinarians since 2013. Mandala describes her job and experiences in two blog entries:
Living My Dream as a Wildlife Veterinarian in China
“As the vet I have to keep it together – but inside my heart is breaking”
In the video below, the founder Jill takes us inside their facilities and provides a stark glimpse into the reality of bear farming as well as how their work is making a positive difference.
Below are some photos of the rescued bears. I have not yet visited Animals Asia but it's high on my list of places to travel. Please spread the word to anyone who might be interested in this issue and organizations like Animals Asia.
That is why I am wearing this shirt.