Free the Bears is an international animal welfare and wildlife conservation charity headquartered in Perth, Australia, and supporting programmes in Cambodia, India, Indonesia, Laos, Thailand and Vietnam. Free the Bears works with governments and non-governmental partners to build, manage and sustain bear sanctuaries and field programmes aimed at ending the suffering of captive bears whilst protecting wild bears across Southeast Asia and India. As part of its mission to protect, preserve and enrich the lives of bears throughout the world Free the Bears has supported the rescue of over 900 bears and currently provides care for over 30 bears in Cat Tien Bear Rescue Centre, Cat Tien National Park, Vietnam, while also building a new sanctuary to increase capacity for further bears to be rescued from the bear bile industry.
Animals Asia is a registered charity with bear sanctuaries in China and Vietnam, headquarters in Hong Kong, and offices in Australia, China, Germany, Italy, the UK, USA, and Vietnam. Founded in 1998, Animals Asia promotes compassion and respect for all animals and works to bring about long-term change. Campaigns include working to end the barbaric bear bile trade, which sees over 10,000 bears kept on bile farms in China, and about 1,200 suffering the same fate in Vietnam. Animals Asia also works to end the trade in dogs and cats for food in China and Vietnam, and lobbies to improve the welfare of companion animals, promote humane population management and prevent the cross border export of "meat dogs" in Asia. In addition, Animals Asia campaigns for an end to abusive animal practices in zoos and safari parks in Asia, and works closely with governing authorities to improve animal management and increase awareness of the welfare needs of captive animals. Animals Asia has rescued over 160 bears in to their Vietnam Bear Rescue Centre in Tam Dao National Park, and has rescued over 400 bears in China.
Center for Environment and Rural Development (CERD) is a Vietnamese research centre based in Vinh University, Nghe An Province, Vietnam. CERD organize and implement research in the fields of environment, agriculture, forestry and fisheries, and rural development. CERD provide training and capacity building in the fields of the environment, natural resources and rural development, and collaborates on projects acting in the fields of biodiversity conservation, management and surveys.
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