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Posted on 25-08-2009
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Moonbears.org would like to offer our sincerest congratulations and gratitude to Jan Beeton and Save the Moonbears South Africa for their outstanding accomplishments on August 25, 2009.

Protesters represented Fur Free South Africa and the Moon Bear Campaign South Africa.

At the Embassy for China, people protested about atrocities against animals used for their fur, held in horrendous conditions and often skinned alive. An estimated 5 400 cats and dogs are killed for their fur in China daily, and there is no animal protection legislation in China. According to Charl du Plessis from Fur Free, the fur is sold in countries such as South Africa as fur trim on garments, toys etc, and is often mislabelled under names such as “faux”.

Protesters were also concerned about 10 000 moon bears in China, held lifelong in “coffin cages”, their bile extracted twice daily through wounds kept open in the abdomen. These bears often develop infection and cancer, and existing legislation is apparently not enforced. Bear bile is used in traditional medicine and products such as shampoos, however Ms Jan Beeton from the Moon Bear Campaign pointed out that good herbal and synthetic alternatives are now available, rendering the bears’ suffering pointless.

At the South Korean Embassy, the protest was held partly against the treatment of moon bears, but also against the suffering of dogs and other animals that are tortured before being eaten, the belief being that the more the animals suffer before their death, the sweeter their meat will be.

Jan Beeton noted that at the Korean Embassy, an official came out to greet and talk with her and her team. She also notes that she was told that ‘the Korean government is “cracking down on bear farming”. We are eager to see if his words prove true.

Fantastic work Jan, you are a role model, a leader, and a cherished member of the animal welfare community! Onward!
Contact for Save the Bears South Africa: Moon Bear Campaign: Jan Beeton, 083 253 9384 jan.beeton@wbs.co.za

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