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We are very excited to announce the release of our first workbook for students. The "Ura's Dream" workbook is to be released at the beginning of December and is designed to allow children to learn much more about the animals featured in John Walker's book- Ura's Dream.
John has collaborated with Shawn Morrissey- to produce this fascinating teachers aid. Shawn is a naturalist originally from Canada who has profound knowledge on wildlife and who has taught in Korean schools for many years.
Please join us in celebrating the release of the workbook and if you would like to order copies along with Ura's Dream please email us and we will arrange it. firstname.lastname@example.org
For teacher's reference: www.uraworkbook.wordpress.com
On Nov 30 around 2pm, a bear was spotted at a construction site in Kyunggi-do, Hwasung city. Emergency unit 119 responded to a call to discover approx 4 to 5years old bear with 1.25metre weighing 54kg . The bear was shot by dart gun and transferred to a nearby vets clinic where he didn't survive the trauma.
This is another case of an escaped farmed bear seeking his freedom from a life of agony who has lost his life.
There are 21 farms in Seoul and Kyonggi area keeping more than 350 moon bears in captivity. The city of Hwasung and its environment department are in search of the bear farm the bear escaped from.
By reporter Kim, Soo Young email@example.com
Read more in Korean:
Other news shows last year alone the government collected over 600 traps from the wild.
Jirisan moon bear restoration centre reports it's lost over 14 moon bears to these traps and 3 of bears have been permanently destroyed.
Read more in Korean:
'A World Without Pain'
A charity concert by a team of talented entertainers was held at Rolling Hall Hong Dae, Seoul, Korea to celebrate World Animal Day.
The special day was celebrated through hard work in all kind of unexpected ways- including a meeting with a group from Hong Kong saving Buffalo in the New Territory, Hong Kong. In addition there was a message sent to officials in the port city of Ulsan strongly opposing their announced plans to begin whale meat processing that city. This is the richest city in Korea so it makes no sense.
Also the special time was celebrated in song and entertainment with a special concert to raise both fund and awareness.The concert promoted vegan campaigns along with a strong message to the public about the importance of the animals around us. The CEO band played some powerful numbers to show the support of even some leading members of the business community in Korea. There were also folk musicians, B Boy dancers and children's choirs. There was special focus on the inhumane slaughter of pigs during recent foot and mouth outbreaks and a highlighting of the plight of framed moon bears in Korea.
We also announced a special work book to help study Korea animals in junior schools which will be published in December this year. A feature again this year was the broad cross section of the community participating in activities which means our message is becoming more mainstream.
Reporter: "Just near an apartment block in the town of Koyang in Kyongi province Korea there is an apparent dear farm. However this is actually a front for a large bear farm that has over 50 moon bears.
A local reporter visited the farm pretending to be a customer and indicating he wanted to buy some bear bile. The farmer took him inside and fired at one of the bears with a dart gun. The bear began to round around in extreme pain but then after 10 minutes of this agony collapsed. The farmer was trying to show that his product was the freshest coming from a live bear.
After the bear collapsed the farmer produced a very large syringe- about as long as an middle finger and with his ultra sound mechanism located the bears gall bladder and roughly pushed the syringe in and began drawing out the dark green bile. He was feeling generous and told the reporter he would give him extra bile so there would be a total of 120 to 130cc. 100cc costs about 5,000 USD.
This barbaric, but unfortunately typical, farmer was reported to the police and charged".
Friday, Aug 05, 2011
The bears were kept in a farm located in a remote area in the North-West of China. The bears on the farm had their gall bladders milked daily for 'bear bile,' which is used as a remedy in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM).
It was reported that the bears are kept in tiny cages known as 'crush cages', as the bears have no room to manoeuvre and are literally crushed.
The bile is harvested by making a permanent hole or fistula in the bears' abdomen and gall bladder.
As the hole is never closed, the animals are suspect to various infections and diseases including tumours, cancers and death from peritonitis.
The bears are fitted with an iron vest, as they often try to kill themselves by hitting their stomach as they are unable to bear the pain.
A person who was on the farm in place of a friend witnessed the procedures and told Reminbao.com that they were inhumane.
The witness also claimed that a mother bear broke out its cage when it heard its cub howl in fear before a worker punctured its stomach to milk the bile.
The workers ran away in fear when they saw the mother bear rushing to its cub's side.
Unable to free the cub from its restraints, the mother hugged the cub and eventually strangled it.
It then dropped the cub and ran head-first into a wall, killing itself.
Many TCM practitioners have denounced the use of bear bile in their treatment as there are cheaper herbs and synthetics that can be used in its place.
Bear bile is traditionally used to remove 'heat' from the body as well as treat high fever, liver ailments and sore eyes.
- The Korea Times: Mother bear commits suicide after killing her baby in China
- The Kyunghyang Shinmun: 中 어미곰, 새끼곰 살해 뒤 스스로 목숨끊어
중국의 한 농가에서 어미곰이 새끼곰을 죽이고 자신도 스스로 목숨을 끊는 사건이 벌어졌다. 28일 ‘런민바오’ 등 중국 현지 언론에 따르면 최근 중국 북서부 외곽의 한 농가는 곰의 쓸개즙을 채취하고자 몇 마리의 곰을 포획해 ‘크러시 케이지’로 알려진 좁은 우리에 기르고 있었다.
사고 당일에도 이 농가는 우리에 갇혀있는 새끼곰에 살아있는 채로 고무호스를 삽입해 쓸개즙을 빼내려했다.
하지만 새끼곰이 고통 속에 비명을 지르자 어떻게 알았는지 근처에 갇혀 있던 어미곰이 우리를 부수고 빠져나왔으며 새끼곰이 있는 쪽으로 달려왔다. 작업원은 공포에 휩싸여 그대로 도망쳐버렸다.
인근에 있던 목격자는 “달려온 어미곰은 새끼곰의 우리를 부수려했으나 여의치않자 아기곰을 끌어안은 뒤 질식시켜 죽였다”고 전했다. 또 새끼곰이 죽자 자신도 벽에 머리를 부딪혀 죽은 것으로 전해졌다.
이같은 사실은 목격자에 의해 지역 매체 등에 전해졌다. 소식이 알려지자 환경운동 단체들은 “산 채로 곰의 쓸개즙을 빼내는 잔인한 행위를 그만둬야 한다”며 당국의 관심을 촉구했다.
In February 2011, TM shops were surveyed in the Republic of Korea. Of the 61 shops surveyed in Daegu, Seoul and Seoungnam;, 26 sold bear bile, primarily in whole gall bladder form
Bear bile products observed in TM shops in the Republic of Korea animals suffer today.
Over 50% of the gall bladders found in Korean TM shops were claimed to be of Russian origin; 38% were claimed to be from China and 7% were claimed to be domestically sourced. Ten of the 26 shops (38%) reported a steady demand for bear bile and the majority of shops (77%) said that their customers would not consider alternative products.
The bear bile Trade in Asia-
The Asia for Animals conference held from 10-14 June was a truly fabulous event that saw over 350 delegates from 25 countries across the world joining together for the first time in Chengdu, China, to address and create solutions for the problems faced by animals across the Asian continent.
Through a series of panels and sessions, speakers and delegates were encouraged to "think outside of the box", a theme pioneered by main sponsor Gil Michaels, President of Animal Guardians, whose personal passion focuses on creatively ending pain and cruelty that too many animals suffer today.
The conference, held at the Kempinski, kicked off with a lion dance, welcome speeches and a special appearance by the "Madonna of Asia" superstar, singer and actress, Karen Mok. Surprise guests of honour, Animals Asia's very own Dr Dogs, showed that the best doctors in the world have wet noses and wagging tails, by providing some much-needed animal therapy to all the delegates before the conference officially began. The first day saw a wonderful round of workshops, followed by the next three days of sessions featuring dynamic speakers from across the world, and finally a tour of Animals Asia's sanctuary to meet some very special bears.
Please visit the Asia for Animals website http://www.asiaforanimals.org/ where more information and the conference presentations have been posted. The conference was co-ordinated and hosted by Animals Asia, and generously sponsored by Animal Guardians, Animal People, Best Friends USA, Compassion in World Farming, Humane Society International, International Animal Rescue, International Fund for Animal Welfare, UK's RSPCA, SPCA (HK) and the World Society for the Protection of Animals. (From Jill's Blog)
Ms Soyeon Park from CARE (Co-existence of Animal Rights on Earth)
Ms Park has brought remarkable changes to Korea's animals as she operates in one of the most problematic countries in the world for animal welfare. The group Ms Park founded has grown to be one of the biggest and most active organsiations in Korea with over 60,000 members. Ms Park and her team rescued a number of animals abandoned and wounded when the North Korean bombing of Yeonpyung Island took place in November 2010, which saw 99% of the islanders fleeing to the mainland. Thanks to Ms Park, the Korean Animal Protection law is now strengthened significantly with increased fines and jail terms and the welfare of animals in Korea significantly improved as a result of her work.
We here at moonbears.org are happy to announce our plans to attend the remarkable AFA conference in Chengdu, China, this month.
We are accompanying our fellow animal organization, CARE, that has over 70,000 local supporters. The founder of CARE, Ms Park So Yeon, will be presenting on the recent outbreak of foot and mouth disease in Korea showing footage taken with an undercover camera of barbaric behaviour by Korean officials.
The presentation details are shown below:
The focus will simply but intensely, highlight cruelty and abuse and call on delegates and attendees to engage together in inspirational and practical approaches showing how suffering and cruelty in all aspects of animal exploitation can end.
(For those who's having difficulties viewing the video, pls go to the following link http://news.naver.com/main/vod/vod.nhn?oid=055&aid=0000198387.)
An escaped moon bear from Kohwun Botanical Garden, Cheungyang- gun, Korea was shot dead on 31 Jan 2011.
A male moon bear escaped from the Kohwun Botanical Garden Zoo by lifting the gate, which takes huge strength, and was hiding in a nearby cave only 700 meters away from the zoo.
When it was found he had escaped 30 hunters followed him for 3 hours and it was easy to find his trace with snowfalls all around the mountain and these so called "hunters" fired 4 bullets and killed him.
According to the video footage, he was still alive moaning sadly when the hunters approached him to put the last bullet in him. The local police announced they initially planned to capture the bear but changed the plan after he ran even after the dart gun was shot at him.
He was 150 cm and 200kg, healthy 5 year old moon bear. (By Roh, Dong-hyun TJB reporter)
As moonbears.org spoke to the Kohwun zoo official today 7 May 2011, it is confirmed that the dead bear is indeed our escaped bear 'Miracle'. He escaped from a breeding farm as a 20 months old baby, he swam across the river into thick forest of Kangwon and lived in the wild freely for the next 2 years.
Upon capturing in 2009, he was sent to Kohwun Botanical Garden as everyone including Jirisan bear centre refused to take him in. His sex was originally confused when he originally escaped from the bear farm and at the beginning the media reported Miracle as a female. But later DNA tests proved the bear was a male being born from a mother imported from Taiwan.
You can find all the news on our Miracle at Miracle page http://www.moonbears.org/miracle.php#news and our June 2009 news under article 'we have a Miracle among us' http://www.moonbears.org/news-2009.html.
As shown on the video, moonbears.org feels it is extreme cruelty to the animal. And cannot justify why they had to kill the bear instead of capturing him in the middle of the winter where there is no people hiking. Once again, Korean governments showed no mercy handling animal issues.
This disgraceful event underlines the total lack of expertise and preparation for such things in Korea. It defies belief that the animal could not be sedated with the dart. It also shows no understanding of the need to protect and preserve moon bears in Korea.
The fact the murdered bear was originally an escapee from a bear farm shows his great determination to be a free spirit. To succeed in his second successful attempt to get back to the beauty of the wild and to be able to survive outside a zoo environment is proof that even farmed bears have the natural ability to survive in the wild.
For Miracle to end his life in this cruel and unthinking way is an absolute tragedy and reflects poorly on all this involved.
Miracle should now be a symbol for all the world of the struggle against the farming of bears. He showed us that moon bears will never give up and neither will we.
*** The Founder of Kohwun Botanical garden Mr.Lee, Joo-ho said the zoo built a monument of this magnificent bear who symbolizes the will to be free.
21 March 2011, there is news of a cub in the Jiri san Bear population restoration centre from 4 year old female bear RF-21. The cub weight of 1.5kg was declared healthy by vet Song, Byungchul and is estimated to have been born in early January this year. The mother RF-21 was released back to the wild in 2009 after being treated for neck injury by a trap.
01 May 2011, a male bear cub from RF-25, 40cm, 4 kg was estimated to have been born in early February this year.
Team officer of the Center Jung,Woojin says- "this is significantly important sign. It simply shows green light towards the restoration work that we have put in for the last 10 years in order to make the target number to 50 wild bears in Jirisan".
The total number of wild bears including these cubs are now 19.
By MBC News Kim, sy-hyun reporter
moonbears.org sends our biggest applause to this remarkable event made by supernomalvoice agency. It starts with a moon bear painting on a poster fitted on ground. As people walk and leave their footprints on the poster it becomes dirty because of the glue which was put on previously. At the end of the day these marks are transformed into bars which symbolizes the bears in captivity in Korean bear farms. This is really a touching event for all of us. It shows how people feel about bear farming in the world.
The bill governing farm bear management was temporarily delayed in the National Assembly due to the North Korea crisis, according to representatives from the World Society for the Preservation of Animals. Green Korea United announced a further delay this month due to the foot-and mouth-disease outbreak. At present, Korea remains one of three countries to allow the controversial practice of bear bile farming.
moonbears.org strongly urges the Korean government do not delay this matter any further and come up with a clear plan to phase out bear farming industries in Korea. The Bill, titled o?=o?=o?=o?=o?=o?=Farm Bear Management, Special Law' does not indicate the Government's obligation to save all capable farm bears and into sanctuaries to care them for the remainder of their lives. The bill suggests the Korean government to select bears to buy from the bear farmers however how any and whcih bears to be bought is not mentioned on the bill. This is worrying fact that to accomplish ending bear farming forever, it could mean mass slaughtering of existing farmed bears in Korea.
Talks are expected to resume in April, during which time 2 sessions of National Assembly meetings are anticipated.
The bill has 4 main objectives :
A. Cessation of breeding policy starts within 6 months from the day this law passes
B. bear cubs born within 6 months after this law passes cannot have purpose changes
C. the selected bears who are to be bought by the government cannot have the purpose changes, other unselected bears who meet the legal slaughter age can have purpose changes ( which means to us these bears will be slaughtered- mass killings )
D. anyone who breaks this law will be fined accordingly and the bears will be taken from the farmer. Other materials produced such as fur, blood, bile, meat etc will be confiscated
The proposed bill is in 13 sections:
1. purpose of the special law
2. definition of farmed bears
3. other laws related to this proposal
4. prohibition of cruelty to the animals
5. prohibition of further breeding
6. compensation over the phasing out breeding policy
7. prohibition to the purpose changes of bought bears
8. establishment of buying and managing the bought bears
9. administration in trust of the bought bears
10. prohibition of buying and selling of farmed bears and etc
11. penal regulations
12. seizure and waste materials of farmed bears
13. fine for negligence
* The bill- Farm Bear Management, Special Law is ready for the public provided in Korean (Pls find the bill here )
On behalf of Animals Asia, please join us for the "Asia for Animals 2011" conference in Chengdu, China.
We're preparing a jam-packed schedule of presentations and events under the banner, "Out of the Box o?=o?=o?=V Bringing Animal Cruelty to an End".
Throughout Asia, many species are being consumed to extinction. Each year, billions of unwilling victims of commercial trade and entertainment are murdered, mutilated and exploited, and companion animals, with whom we share a common bond of friendship, are suffering and dying in vast numbers. The plight of these animals can be addressed and helped more efficiently as a result of the knowledge developed and shared by us all.
The key theme of "Asia for Animals 2011" is to spread ideas, shout about our solutions, and inspire and be inspired with presentations showing how abuse can be reduced and even ended Asia-wide.
And of course I'm particularly excited to be able to invite you to visit Animals Asiao?=o?=o?=o?=o?=o?=s Moon Bear Rescue Centre as our post-conference activity. Located just outside Chengdu, the sanctuary is an award-winning feast for the eyes o?=o?=o?=V an adventurous creation that combines a safe, semi-natural environment for more than 170 bears rescued from horrendous bile farms across China.
I'm looking forward to welcoming you to China, seeing old friends and new, and working together towards concrete solutions to bring animal cruelty to an end.
Founder and CEO
Animals Asia Foundation