Animal rights activists on Tuesday rescued seven bears from farms in northern Vietnam in their efforts to save the animal from the local bear bile extraction industry.
Members of the Hong Kong-based animal welfare group Animals Asia Foundation brought the bears from Quang Ninh Province to Vietnam’s biggest bear sanctuary at Tam Dao National Park, 85 kilometers northwest of Hanoi, which is taking care of 132 others.
The farmers agreed to give up their bears as the government has banned the bear bile business, which mainly served tourists from China and South Korea as a kind of health tonic.
Animals Asia started the rescue mission after its survey at bear farms late last year found most of the bears in poor conditions. They were all skinny and some had severe skin diseases.
The organization said it will remove the last nine bears from Quang Ninh farms as soon as possible.