Animals Asia Foundation

Vietnam fires foe of moon-bear sanctuary

A cub plays inside the rescue centre. Photo: Reuters

A Vietnamese official who campaigned to shut down a moon-bear sanctuary run by Hong Kong charity Animals Asia has been fired after an investigation ordered by his country's prime minister.

Sunday, 26 May, 2013, 6:40am 1 comment

Russian ship impresses Chinese journalists and Disneyland profit impresses all

Show boat enters Hong Kong's Victoria Harbour. Photo: Sam Tsang

Chinese journalists want to know every detail about an old Russian ship, according to the Voice of Russia.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Protesters march for ban on trade in bear bile

More than 200 animal lovers took to the streets yesterday to protest against the international trade in the bile of the Asian black bear.

They called on the government to take the lead on a nationwide ban on the use of bear bile in traditional medicine.

2 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Caught up in bear blues


A mainland pharmaceutical company has tried - with little success - to convince the public that the process of extracting bile from Asiatic black bears is not animal cruelty.

27 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Animal welfare message hits home

Extracting bile from the gall bladders of Asiatic black bears for use in traditional Chinese medicine is not a pretty sight, nor is it a pleasant experience for the creatures. Yet Guizhentang Pharmaceutical is willing to ignore that in the name of the extraordinary profits that can be made.

1 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Bear-bile showdown, it's kill or cure

Animal rights activists are pitted against supporters of traditional Chinese medicine over plans by Gui Zhen Tang Pharmaceutical, one of the mainland's biggest producers of bear bile, to launch an initial public offering (IPO) on the ChiNext stock exchange.

25 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Toasty-toed bears have knitters to thank

Rescued moon bears having surgery to repair organs damaged during the harvesting of their bile will have warm paws, thanks to the warm hearts of knitters around the world.

The bears have been kept at a sanctuary in Chengdu, Sichuan, after being saved from bile farms, where they had been caged for years with open wounds in their sides.

16 Mar 2008 - 12:00am

Submit your video to celebrate World Animal Day

Animals Asia Foundation (AAF) has organised a video competition to raise awareness of animal protection.

Open to all Hong Kong students, the competition is part of the animal charity's events to celebrate World Animal Day on October 4.

11 Sep 2007 - 12:00am

Monument to rescued moon bear Andrew

Visitors to the Moon Bear Rescue Centre in Sichuan province should not be too alarmed when they see a 3-metre bear looming above them as they enter the sanctuary - it is simply a gift from one of the mainland's most noted sculptors. Tsao Zhi Rong (below) is better known for his imposing monuments to Chairman Mao that are dotted throughout the mainland.

28 Apr 2007 - 12:00am

Lesson from man's best friend

Hong Kong-based charity Animals Asia Foundation (AAF) has launched a large-scale education programme after the exposure of animal abuse incidents over the past few months.

In a shocking case, a dog named Pan Pan, whose legs had been crudely cut off when it was a puppy, was found in a Yuen Long rubbish dump last week.

21 Mar 2006 - 12:00am

Professor Paws teaches children about love

More than 300 primary school pupils were taught how to love animals by 32 'dog professors' last Saturday.

Organised by the Animals Asia Foundation (AAF), the Professor Paws Educational Fun Day was held at Lok Sin Tong Primary School in Kowloon City.

The four-legged 'professors', led by AAF volunteers, are all registered as Dr Dogs by the foundation.

28 Apr 2005 - 12:00am

Karen to the rescue for pet project

Celebrities often have strange taste in pets. George Clooney, for example, is well-known not only for his looks but also for his pet pig, Max.

Singer/actress/trendsetter Karen Mok Man-wai joined the club three months ago, spending $70,000 to adopt and rescue a black bear in Chengdu .

21 Apr 2005 - 12:00am

first person

Annie Mather is media director for the Animals Asia Foundation (AAF). She came to Hong Kong in 1980 and joined the foundation in 1998. Having a background in film, Ms Mather has devoted her time to the foundation producing short videos, editing AAF footage, co-orirdinating international film crews to cover its programmes and organising fund-raising events.

8 Jan 2004 - 12:00am


Farmed bears drained of dignity, freedom and finally life itself

How disappointing to read the story headlined 'The Bear Necessities' (Education Post, October 11) where the use of bear bile as a 'bonus' to curing certain ailments is advocated.

18 Oct 2003 - 12:00am

Foundation has done wonderful job

I would like to congratulate the Animals Asia Foundation for rescuing bears from bile farms across China.

According to the report by Victoria Button headlined 'Tourists to learn horrors of bile farming at new sanctuary' (Sunday Morning Post, July 7), starting next year, tourists will be able to visit the foundation's new bear sanctuary in Sichuan province.

28 Jul 2002 - 12:00am