Protecting bears in Vietnam

Thanks to our supporters we have come a long way in our campaign to end the bear bile industry in Vietnam.

This timeline shows the impact we have had towards stopping the bear bile industry in Vietnam.

  • 1980s: The industrialisation of the bear bile industry begins with the introduction of captive bear facilities for the mass production of bear bile, a product in traditional Asian medicine.
  • 2003: World Animal Protection starts to work with local partner Education for Nature Vietnam (ENV).
  • 2005: The Vietnamese Government declares that the bear bile industry is illegal and asks World Animal Protection to help enforce this ban.
  • 2011: 200 bear bile facilities are inspected and World Animal Protection fund ENV’s dedicated Wildlife Crimes Unit. 3,655 volunteers are recruited to identify wildlife crimes.
  • 2013: ENV and World Animal Protection carry out undercover operations into bear bile facilities in Vietnam
  • 2014: World Animal Protection continues to stop the exploitation of bears for profit in Vietnam and asks its supporters in the UK for help.

Protecting bears

Over the last ten years we have significantly reduced the number of bears still trapped in bear bile facilities in Vietnam. Government figures report 2,300 bears remain in cruel captivity, down from 4,500 in 2005.

An infographic displaying the reduction of bears in captivity from 2005 to 2013

With the current law banning the industry being poorly enforced and illegal bile extraction still happening, we need your help, now more than ever to protect bears in Vietnam, and all over the world.

Moonbears like this cub, pictured at the Endangered Species Preservation Centre in South Korea, are commonly used in Asia for their bile.

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