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Nov
19
Posted on 19-11-2009
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The Cove movie review by Los Angeles Times

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I know this is out of my boundary but I feel I have an obligation to tell the tale.

I watched this film flying back from Sydney to Hong Kong a few days ago and guess what- my heart was broken.

So here I am…

It is not about pointing fingers at any particular nations but rather sharing the information and doing something about it.

The most powerful scene to me was that Rick O’Barry saying- it has always been passionate individuals making this world a better place, not the governments.

So instead of waitng for the government to do good, it should all start within us.

It’s mostly been money behind all this (except rarely in some parts of the world these are still happening in the name of sports or pleasure whatever the mockery is)- but I am sure when people really want to change, it will happen one day.

Watch this film ‘ The Cove ‘ and tell your friends about this- one of the world most best kept secret.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4KRD8e20fBo&feature=player_embedded

Pay special attention to its trailer- it explains how this dark business started and the danger of it.

The background music narrates beautiful sound of dolphins.

http://thecovemovieuk.com/

http://www.wdcs-na.org/

http://www.wdcs.org.au/
http://www.wdcs.org.uk/

http://www.wdcs-de.org/

http://www.wdcs.org/index2.php

http://latin.wdcs.org/

The Cove 라는 영화가 전 세계적으로 10월 초 개봉되어 많은 이들의 관심을 끌고 있습니다.

영역 바깥의 일이라 고심하였지만, 영화 안에서 공개되는 어두운 비밀들이 빨리, 그리고 더 많이 대중에 알려지기를 바라며 이렇게 글을 씁니다.

동영상이나 인터넷에서 이 영화를 꼭 보시기 바랍니다. 아마 한국에서는 상영이 안될 수 도 있을겄 같네요.

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Nov
18
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2009 11월 6일부터 8일까지 3일간의   Advancing Bear Care Conference는 정말 꽉 찬 일정이었다.

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전 세계 각 분야에서 모여든 학술인, 기업인, 전문 수의사, 동물협회, 동물원관리과, 야생동물 보호소 기타등등, 총 87명의 Delegates 이 참석하여 세계의 다양한 Bear Species에 대한 서로의 정보교환, 이를 보호 육성하자는 열기로 가득한 진실로 보석같은 자리였다.

moonbears.org 는 20여분 동안 한국의 반달곰 사육실태와 상기 정책에 대해 보고하고 그의 문제점과 해결안 등을 제시하였다.

그에 대한 각계의 반응은 정말로 놀라웠다.  하물며 자국인인 한국인들도 모르고 있는 이 어려운 사실을 어찌 벽안의 서양인들이 알 수 있을까. 그들의 따뜻한 성원과 격려에 감사한다.

한국내, 외의 신속한 곰 사육 정책 폐지와 곰쓸개를 비롯한 모든 Bear Products의 매매 금지를 한국 정부에 요청한다.

곰 사육농가에 보상해 주고, 한국 정부가 80년초 농가수입증진의 일환으로 시작한 이 어처구니없는 정책을 즉각 폐지하여 땅바닥에 떨어진 우리의 위상을 되찾고, 또한 합법, 위생적으로 처리되지 않은 곰쓸개의 위험성 등에 대한 대중교육, 홍보를 정부에 요청한다.

중국과 베트남 통털어서 사육곰 개체수는  11000마리-  한국에 1600마리.

자연 야생에 남은 야생 반달곰의 수효는 중국에 10,000여마리-  한국에 16마리.

이 숫자를 볼때, 문제의 심각성을 절실히 느낀다.

한국은 IT를 포함한 technology에 있어 세계를 앞장서는 선진국이다.  동시에 중국과 베트남을 합친 크기에 비교할때 너무나도 작은 나라이다.

이를 더 이상 관용해서는 않된다는 내 자신의 소신이요, 각 계의 의견이다. 

 

*** 여러분, 사육곰 폐지 캠페인에 많이 서명해 주시기를 다시 부탁 합니다.  http://www.gopetition.com/petitions/save-bears-in-korea.html

 

Advancing Bear Care 09 by Bear Care Group- San Francisco

It was truly an eye opening and breath taking experience for us- moonbears.org to learn there are many wonderful, caring people out there sharing their life time experience with others. 

The Bear Care Conference was held 6th – 8th November 2009 in San Francisco USA with 87 participants from all over the world.

We moonbears.org gave a presentation alerting the participants about sad reality of bear farming industries in South Korea, about  the bear ‘Miracle’- an escaped female bear who adapted and survived the wild since 2007  who’s stake is at large when she get captured. We had suggested and shown it’s directions to end this brutal trade which is no longer acceptable in the modern society.

We have truly enjoyed the moment and came home with a renewed sense of excitement to continue on. 

 When it comes to the size and its potential, Korea has a big problem. South Korea has 1600 farmed bears in a small country with small population and there are only 16 left in the wild. China 7000 and Vietnam 4000 farmed bears- over 10000 left in the wild of China region.

This figure tells us it is very wrong.

Korea is an advanced nation in terms of its IT technology and so on.  It is important to raise this now among Koreans and to the rest of the world.

The conference started with the President of The Bear Care Group, Else Poulsen saying- 

Dear Bear Care Delegates,

In a year of global economic challenge, you have made Advancing Bear care 2009- a tremendous success right at the starting gate.

The Bear Care Group would like to thank each of you for making a commitment to bear welfare and conversation by your participation in Advancing Bear Care 2009.

Today, as never before, our greatest resources is communication and networking.

This weekend you will enjoy stimulating presentations, interactive problem- solving sessions, two fabulous venues, good food, and the company of 87 international bear enthusiasts just like you.

Thanks again- now let’s do it!” 

 

Please stay for moonbears.org presentation video which will be coming soon. .

For those who weren’t there, click www.bearcaregroup.org .  

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Oct
12
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Finally the time has come to speak about the sad reality of Korea.

moonbears.org make presentation at the Advancing Bear Care Conference in San Francisco- November 2009.

http://www.bearcaregroup.org/Conference_Updates.html

We will keep updating the post for those who’s listening closely.

 

‘우리의 반달곰’이 다음달 샌프란시스코에서 개최되는 굵직한 학술인들의 모임인  International Bear Conference 에서 한국 사유곰 정책의 실태에 대해, 관계 전문인들과 상기 일정 사항들을 토론, 발표 합니다.

 http://www.bearcaregroup.org/Conference_Updates.html

여러분들의 격려와 이울러 많은 성원 부탁 드립니다.

진행되어지는 상황은 가능한 자세하게 블로그에 담도록 노력 하겠습니다.

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Oct
09
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반달가슴곰 (우리나라 천연기념 제329호 1982년 지정)

단군신화의  웅녀, 우리 한국인의 뿌리 ..신성하고 친근감 있는… 

팬다가 중국을 상징하듯, 반달곰은 우리나라 고유의 동물이고 상징 입니다.

 

▲ 우리 나라 건국 신화인 단군신화의 주인공으로 나오는 반달가슴곰. 가슴에 반달 모양의 흰무늬가 선명하게 보인다. 성격이 매우 온순해 상대가 공격하기 전에는 먼저 공격하지 않는다. 에버랜드 홍보팀 제공
반달가슴곰은 우리나라 단군신화에 주인공으로 나오는 친근하면서도 신성한 동물이다. 곰은 몽골 민족들이 신성하게 여기는 동물인데, 그래서 우리나라에서는 신화로 다시 태어난 게 아닐까. 우리나라의 귀염둥이로 천연기념물 329호로 지정돼 보호받고 있는 반달가슴곰에 대해 알아본다.▶동북아 지역에 사는 온순하고 작은 곰이다

반달가슴곰은 동부 시베리아, 중국, 대만, 일본과 우리나라의 백두산 부근, 설악산, 지리산 등지에 비교적 넓게 분포한다. 반달가슴곰은 북극곰이나 불곰보다 몸집이 훨씬 작다. 그래서인지 나무 위에도 잘 기어오르며 동작도 매우 빠르다.

성격이 매우 온순한 편이어서 누가 먼저 공격을 하기 전에는 상대를 해치지 않는 동물이다.

가슴에 반달 모양의 흰 무늬가 있는데, 이 무늬는 크기가 큰 것도 있고 작은 것도 있으며, 드물지만 전혀 없는 것도 있다. 몸길이 1.92m, 꼬리 길이 8㎝, 몸무게는 107㎏ 안팎이다. 몸 전체는 광택이 나는 검은색이다.

▶산에 나는 식물은 모두 먹는 잡식성이다

반달가슴곰은 후각과 청각이 매우 발달했다. 그러나 시각은 발달하지 못했다. 날카로운 발톱을 이용하여 나무나 바위 절벽도 잘 기어 오른다. 산을 기어 오를 때는 평지보다 더 빠를 정도다. 코는 뾰족하고 짧으며, 이마가 넓다. 몸집에 비해 귀는 큰 편이다.

식성은 까다롭지 않다. 무엇이나 잘 먹는 잡식성이다. 그러나 대체로 식물 종류를 잘 먹는다. 머루·산딸기·다래·도토리를 즐겨 먹는다. 봄에는 나무의 어린 싹과 잎, 뿌리도 캐 먹으며, 땅을 파헤쳐 개미 같은 곤충을 잡아먹기도 한다. 그 밖에 가재나 작은 물고기, 조류의 알이나 새끼도 잡아먹는다. 특히 꿀을 좋아해 벌집을 잘 헤집는다.

▶입동부터 이듬해 3월까지 겨울잠을 잔다

 

 

▲ 후각과 청각이 발달한 반면 눈은 어둡다. 무엇이나 잘 먹는 잡식성이며, 지리산·설악산·오대산·향로봉 등지에 남아 있는 것으로 추정되고 있다.
반달곰은 겨울잠을 잔다. 주로 입동(늦가을이 끝난 초겨울)쯤 굴 속에서 잠을 자기 시작해 이듬해 3월 잠에서 깨어나 활동을 시작한다. 가을에 먹이를 많이 먹어 지방을 축적하면 겨울에 굴 속 또는 나무 구멍을 찾아 동면에 들어간다. 먹을 것이 적어 지방의 축적이 충분치 못하면 동면(冬眠·겨울잠)하지 않고 겨울 내내 먹이를 찾아 다니기도 한다. ▶설악산·오대산 등 서식 추정
어디에 살고 있을까?반달가슴곰은 현재 우리나라에서 서식하는 야생 동물 중 가장 몸집이 크다. 그러나 멸종위기에 놓여 있어 국제적으로도 보호를 받고 있다. 1982년 11월 4일부터 천연기념물로 지정돼 보호하고 있다. 반달가슴곰은 우리나라 전역의 높은 산맥지대에 서식하고 있다. 현재는 10∼20마리 정도만 지리산, 설악산, 오대산, 향로봉 등지에 남아 있는 것으로 추정되고 있다. 하지만 북한에는 아직도 많은 반달곰이 생존하고 있는 것으로 알려지고 있다.~~~~~~~~~~~~~~  이 반면, 우리나라 곳곳에는 1600여 마리의 반달곰이 철창속에 갇인채 먹이도 없이, 마실 물도 없이, 웅담채취를 당하면서 도살될 날 만을 기다리고 있습니다.
 사육곰 정책은 한국정부의 시행착오로 1981년부터 시작되었습나다. 사육농가를 위시하여 많은 이들이 이 제도의 즉각 폐지를 원합니다. 

              본 moonbears.org, 우리의 반달곰은 그 날이 빨리 올수 있도록, 그래서 1600 마리의 사육 반달곰들을 해방시켜 보호 수용하도록 정부에 요구하는 일에 최선을 다하고 있습니다.

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Oct
08
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안녕 하세요,  

‘반달곰 프로젝트’ 의  지문 입니다.

진작부터 한국어로 블로그를 만들고 싶었는데 이제서야 첫 글을 달게 되는군요.

저희 반달곰 프로젝트는 2007년 1월에 세워 졌습니다.

오랜 기간 외국생활을 해온 제가,  이 땅에서 열악하게 사육되고 있는 1600 여마리의 사육곰 실태에 관한 신문 보도를 접하고 난 바로 다음 날이었지요.

moonbears.org 는 반달곰 보호협회의  영어 명칭입니다. www.moonbears.org, www.moonbears.kr

이 땅의 동물들과 모든생명의 존중함을 알고 이를 개선하고자 좋은 일을 하고싶은 혈기있는 젊은이들의 많은 동참을 바랍니다.

이-메일/g.moon@moonbears.org

그래서 이 땅에서 버림 받고 학대 당하고 있는 우리 한민족의 어머니- 1600 의 웅녀를 구하여 이들 보호소 설립의 커다란 프로젝트까지, 마음을 함께 한데 모으면 이도 또한 참 좋지 않겠습니까?

전문인들과 타 협회들의 지도와 협조도 요청하는 바입니다.

저는 이제부터 블로그에 시간이 나는대로 한국 곰사육의 실태에 관하여 제 글을 적어 올릴 생각입니다.

여러분의 아낌없는 많은 성원이 함께하기를 진심으로 기원합니다.

www.반달곰프로젝트.org

www.반달곰프로젝트.kr

www.반달곰프로젝트.com

 

korea farm bear photo

korea farm bear photo

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Sep
20
Posted on 20-09-2009
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Sadly, Vietnam is still struggling to rid itself of illegal bear operations, which are often fuelled by Korean tourists. See below for an account of Animals Asia Foundation’s translation of a visit.

 

The sad life of Ha Long bears
07:34′ 19/09/2009 (GMT+7)

VietNamNet Bridge – Earlier this month, Tuoi Tre newspaper published an extraordinary exposé of the lucrative but flagrantly illegal business of ‘bear bile farming’ near Ha Long City.  With the assistance of Animals Asia staff, we have translated the three-part Tuoi Tre series.

HALONG_AAFPart I:  Infiltrating a Ha Long bear farm 

Though allegedly tourist sites, the bear farms in Ha Long city (Quang Ninh province) are all barricaded secret places. No unexpected visitor escapes the probing gaze, the stone-cold rejection of security guards. What is actually going inside? The answer is not easy unless you’re in a group of foreign visitors booked in advance. 

Behind the mystery gate 

8:00 am, 28th August.  A chili pepper-red 46-seat bus pulls into the driveway of “Ha Long Farm,” a well-known bear farm on Route 18 just before the highway reaches the Bai Chay resort area of Ha Long City.  Security guards rush to open the heavy metal gate, let the bus in, then quickly close it again. 

No room for us

Following the bus, we Tuoi Tre reporters ambled up to the security post, carrying our backpacks. Pointing to the “hotel” sign near the gate, we asked for a room.  A curt gesture and an unfriendly look from the security guy told us “under maintenance, no room for you.”

We were not surprised; volunteers from wild animal protection organizations had already told us what to expect.

In May, National Assembly member Nguyen Dinh Xuan succeeded in paying a surprise visit to this same bear farm.  He arrived in a brand new bus.  A guard thought Xuan and his companions were regular guests so he opened the gate wide. By the time the guard realized his blunder, it was too late. Mr Xuan and his companions got off the bus, introduced themselves and walked straight inside just as another 35-seater bearing the ABC Bus logo arrived, filled with Korean tourists.

We Tuoi Tre reporters were not so lucky, and had to find a place nearby to observe the comings and goings at Ha Long Farm.  After more than an hour, the bright red bus was still in the yard.  At about 9:30, the metal gate opened to admit a white Daewoo four-seater.  We knew this car; it belongs to a Korean who regularly brings tourists to bear farms in Ha Long.

At 9:45, a lilac 46-seat ABC bus brought some more Korean visitors to Ha Long Farm.

On the same day at another bear farm on Route 18, we noted two groups of Korean tourists.  Each group stopped there for almost two hours.  This second farm belongs to Dat Viet Travel Company.  Because it used to have a sign displaying five bears, local people call it “Five Bears Farm” to distinguish it from the other establishment (Ha Long Bears) that had only one bear on its sign.

After the unexpected visit of Assembly Deputy Xuan, those signs were taken down.  Actually, they are not necessary, for visitors are still guided to these farms every day. Each farm can receive up to 4-5 buses per day.  We were told that there are 50 to70 bears at each of several farms in the area. 

After Mr Xuan’s visit, the process of screening visitors was further tightened at the Ha Long bear farms.  All visitors must be directly admitted by farm owners or brought there by one of a number of Korean brokers. Security guards with frigid faces stare from a far distance and only open the gate when they are sure that the vehicle is one they were expecting. 

A close look at bile extraction

Through “shape-shifting” and stressful professional methods, we reporters finally managed to enter a bear farm.  

We say that when a group of guests arrives, its Vietnamese tour guide goes off-duty, passing on the role of guiding and introducing to the broker. The farm’s staff and managers stand clear, keeping watch on the visitors.

All conversations between the broker and visitors from beginning to end were in Korean or Chinese.  The names, age, weight and height of the bears was written in Korean on signs at each cage.

Moon Bears (scientific name: Ursus Thibetanus and also known as the Asiatic black bear), is among wild species listed as endangered in the red book of International Union for Conservation of Nature, and also in Vietnam’s national red book.

We were taken for a tour around the bear farm by the broker. The so-called “tour” is nothing more than seeing huge moon bears kept in tiny cages lined up side by side.

The bear-watching tour took about 15-20 minutes as the broker gave only a brief introduction.   Most visitors seemed quickly bored with beholding the bears panting heavily and growling behind bars.

During the tour, the broker extolled the medical and health virtues of bear bile, setting the scene for the highlight of the visit: viewing bile extraction directly.

Due to negative reactions expressed by some visitors who watched bears struggling and being knocked down with anesthetics, we understood that some farms only anaesthetize bears in front of visitors when requested.  It is more typical now that when visitors arrive, the farm’s staff will ‘prepare’ a bear.  They start the anaesthesia while visitors are still on the tour of the cage area.

While bile is being extracted, the gates are thoroughly secured. No exit or entry is allowed. At farms like Dat Viet, Plus and Ha Long Bears, the bile extraction process is discreetly performed in a wooden room.  At the farm we managed to visit, we could see ultrasound machines, electrical extractors, instruments for bile extraction (cylinders, vials, tin foil packagers …) and a Visa card reader, all ready for business.

We were seated on one side of the room. The equipment was placed on a table on the other side.  Right at the door was the “operating stage” for bile extraction. Before our eyes, a bear was wheeled out on a trolley, anaesthetized, facing upward with all four limbs tightly roped as if he was about to be dismembered by four horses.

A man in a white smock deliberately carried out each step, smearing gel and rubbing the ultrasound scanner across the bear’s abdomen while watching the monitor to locate the gall bladder. A needle was inserted into the bear’s gall bladder and connected to the extractor via a rubber tube.

At the same time, the broker explained every move of the operator, speaking non-stop in Korean. In a little while, when the amount of bile taken out reached 120 cc to 150 cc, the process ended and the bear, still motionless, was wheeled back to its cage.

Right after the show, the farm’s staff divided the bile into vials of one to ten cubic centimeters, or packed equivalent amounts in tin foils under the supervision of the manager.

The bile was now extracted and packaged.  Anyone who had no further duties was asked to leave. In that wooden room, there remained only visitors, the farm’s cashier and the broker. Even without witnesses, however, everyone would understand that the people who remained inside were completing the final step of the “bear farm tour”: buying and selling bear bile.

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Aug
25
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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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Apr
20
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April 13 and 14, 2009

 

Now that I’ve had time for it to sink in, I will say the AAF visit was truly an eye opening chance and one of my memorable moments. These experiences teach us so much and I would wish them on anyone.

 

We can read about issues such as this one through newsletters and media but visiting the centre gave me the real thing, something beyond price.

 

John and I came back to our hotel with heavy hearts as we fully realized the seriousness of the problem. At the same time, we felt energized by hope and the knowledge that we can do something good for the world.

 

 On the first day, we were picked up from the airport and went straight to the centre, and there Jill was waiting for us with her trade mark- a big sunny smile on her face.

 

 The day was hot and sunny, but we both wearing thick winter sweater as Jill had told us to do so previously.

We had abnormally warm anther for our arrival (always a good omen). The driver felt pity on us and threw two t-shirts with AAF service centre logo on it, and we quickly changed into them. Later, Jill found out where we got the t-shirts and she laughed and laughed as it is only given to those who work there- we felt honored to wear them.

 

 Jill gave us a 3 hour private tour and we talked about their operational costs…

The sanctuary consists of 25 acres of land and is comprised of 9 camps. Each camp consists of different levels of bears depending on their health status and abilities.

 

 The most heartbreaking unit was the quarantine area, where there were 12 bears held in separate cages, these being the last batch of bears to have arrived in February of this year. According to Jill, their condition isn’t too bad. Jill also said the bears can spend up to a year in quarantine dependent upon their condition, and that the cage was not as comfortable as the den but bigger than the farm ones.

 

 The sanctuary staff consists of 156 people, including 12 expats. Unfortunately, all are relatively under paid as the budget is tight and the remaining staff consists of local enthusiasts. Additionally, 5 volunteer expats work for 3- month periods and are then hired on if they prove their capability.

 

This place has operating costs of 100,000 USD plus per month,  0netwothreefourhard to believe! These are merely the costs of running the centre!

 

After the first day’s tour, we brought our tired bodies back to our hotel, thinking that a sanctuary project isn’t something one person can do alone. It has to be work of the Korean government as they are the ones with the necessary budget.  

 

 And the second day of our visit, we were joined by a German newspaper reporter- a nice young man called Till who came to the centre with the same purpose as ourselves; to learn the truth about the bears and to spread word to the rest of the world.

 

Jill then gave us another private tour- basically same route we took on the previous day, though I had been busy filming so it was a good opportunity for me to really pay close attention to the scenery and people around me.

 

This second tour took all day and when we finally sat down with Jill’s directors- Christie, Heather and Toby, we exchanged our ongoing support to one another and promised to cooperate to end this cruel industry.

 

The most shocking thing I learned is that Korea is the number one buyer in the Chinese and Vietnamese market. If we don’t start the campaign within Korea now, the bear farming business in China and Vietnam will never phase out. Unfortunately, that is the painful truth…

 

The horror of seeing the cages with my own eyes was just too much.

The size of them is so small that a human could not lie comfortably inside, not even for one hour.

 

 

But these bears lay there for 20 years!

 

Some of the cages that are already tiny, even have a shaped metal bar inside, which presses down the body to ease the process of milking- after seeing this, I found tears rolling down my cheeks.

 

Needless to say, our priority has changed and our passion increased.

 

We need to get the communication going with the Government and we need results promptly. We need to stop the breeding entirely.

 

We emphasize the dangers of buying unregulated bear bile products and we must continue to do so. We saw one particularly disturbing liver in a jar, which weighed 7Kg, riddled with cancerous tumors.

 

And then finally the sanctuary must come!

 

 I remember only a few names of these bears- Andrew, Jasper, Ceasar, Rosie, Rupert, Bottom, Benji, Franzi, Black magic and a dog called Tremor who has been  saved from the last year earth quake..

 

However, we flew back home with loving memories of the sanctuary and people who is tirelessly working around the clock in the centre.

 

I have taken the time to film and document a journey that I might share it with you, my friends and supporters.

 

I wish that you joined me in educating the world about this brutal trade.

 

 With heart full thanks to Jill and her co-workers,

 

 G. Moon

 

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Mar
07
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Our campaign is getting bigger everyday by number, we will reach 20,000 soon.

Big thanks for those went through much trouble giving us the precious vote for the cause.

We – www.moonbears.org  are going through some face lift at the moment.

I can guarantee when we are done, we will be looking younger and fresher.

The aim is to make our web page looking simple and clear. 

We will continue to bringing more information about Korea’s captive moon bears. 

So stay tuned with us.

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Dec
08
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Here is a beautiful Native American poem from a friend Miz Australia. Hope you enjoy this beautiful spirit in the poem.

 

Prayer for My Brother, The Bear
by Chief Dan George

O Great Spirit who listens to all
I speak for my brother the bear.

Make the moon shine softly during the nights of his childhood
So that the warmth of his mother will
always be in his memory.

Make the berries grow in abundance
and sweetness
So that the vigor of life will strengthen his heart

mizAnd the years of old age shall never
be a burden to his body.

Let the wildflowers refresh his temperament
So that his manner will always be carefree.

Give his legs swiftness and strength
So they will always carry him to freedom.

Sharpen the senses of his ears and nose
So they will always keep harm from him.

Let only those men share his path
who in their hearts
Know his beauty and respect his
strength so that he will

wildAlways be at home in the wilderness.
Make men praise life so that no one
needs to feel the shame

That lives in a heart that has wronged.
Then my wild brother, the bear, will
always have a wilderness,

As long as the sun travels the sky.
Oh, Great Spirit, this I ask of you
for my brother, the bear.

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