The last of our Conservation Heroes talks takes place here at the Powell-Cotton Museum on Wednesday 19th November at 7pm. There are spaces still available for this talk – please join us if you can.
David Neale who is the Animal Welfare Director for the Animals Asia Foundation has kindly agreed to talk to us about the particularly disturbing practice of bear bile farming in China and Vietnam.
It is distressing to know that more than 10,000 bears are kept on bile farms in China, and around 2,400 suffer the same fate in Vietnam. The bears are "milked" regularly for their bile, which is not only used in traditional medicine but also in many ordinary household products.
Bile is extracted using various painful, invasive techniques, all of which cause massive infection in the bears. This cruel practice continues despite the availability of a large number of effective and affordable herbal and synthetic alternatives.
Animal Asia vets working at Nanning Farm in China to rehabilitate bears who had previously been farmed for their bile.
Animals Asia Foundation leads a variety of welfare campaigns working towards improving the welfare of animals in this region and they do incredible work with truly exceptional results. In May 2014 Animals Asia started the process of converting a bear bile farm in Nanning, China, into a sanctuary following an unprecedented request by the farm to rescue and care for its 130 bears.
Bears rescued by Animal Asia Foundation remain in sanctuaries affording them a quality of life and happiness that was previously impossible on the bear bile farm.
The series of Conservation Heroes talks in 2014 have added a whole new level of understanding on how we use our collection here at the musuem to highlight the plight of animals in the wild today.
It has always been really important to me personally and to the rest of our team that our collection maintains relevance and through these talks I believe we have attracted a new audience of young and old conservationists who have learned about the work of our speakers, but also have appreciated the scientific work that we do behind the scenes here at the museum, contributing to the issues that wildlife across the world faces today.
I have really enjoyed the talks and meeting the speakers - which is why we will replicate the series in 2015! Our speakers throughout the year have included Dr. Karen Jones, Senior Lecturer in American & Environmental History at University of Kent and Will Travers, President of the Born Free Foundation, a charity that is now enjoying its 30th year of amazing conservation work across the world.
Will Travers and Inbal Livne Manny and Dr. Cheryl Mvula
In September our very own Dr. Cheryl and Manny Mvula delivered a great talk about their work with the Maasai in Kenya and also about their charity The High Five Club.
Tags Conservation, Powell-Cotton Museum, Born Free Foundation, Animals Asia, The High Five Club, Zambian Primate Project, University of Kent.