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ENV summarises 10 years of fight against bear farming in Viet Nam

Update: May, 08/2015 - 08:44

Singer My Linh calls on the community to act towards ending all bear farming in Vietnam. — Photo

HA NOI (VNS) — Education for Nature – Viet Nam (ENV) and its Bear Ambassador, singer My Linh, yesterday celebrated ten years of progress in working to end bear farming in Viet Nam.

More than 60 celebrities have joined ENV over the past decade starring in 30 video clips and different public service announcements urging their fans and the public not to consume bear bile and help put an end to bear farming in Viet Nam.

The latest video clip released yesterday stars actor Trung Hieu.

Vu Thi Quyen, director of ENV said she expected that in the near future, the bear bile trade in Viet Nam would be eradicated.

The number of bears in captivity has fallen significantly in the last ten years. — Photo nhandan

The celebration of Viet Nam's Bear Day (May 7) falls on the one-year anniversary of the successful closure of bear bile tourism operations in Ha Long Bay.

In 2005, more than 4,300 bears were encaged in farms across the country and exploited for their bile, used as a form of traditional medicine to treat bruises and other ailments. This year, it's reported that there are 1,250 bears remaining on farms in Viet Nam, a 72 per cent decline since 2005. — VNS

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