|Medicinal plants at the competition organised by Animals Asia and Hà Nội’s Forest Protection Division in Phụng Thượng Commune. — Photo courtesy of Animals Asia |Viet Nam News
HÀ NỘI — Animals Asia and Hà Nội’s Forest Protection Division have presented hundreds of gifts to students from Phụng Thượng Primary School who took part in a tree planting contest to protect bears in Phúc Thọ District.
The contest was launched on October 4 in Phụng Thượng Commune to raise awareness and encourage students and parents to protect bears and stop bear bile extraction.
In just two months, the students planted 712 herbal plants that produce a substance that can be used to replace bear bile.
The students cultivated the plants by themselves following a list of medicinal plants compiled by the Vietnamese Traditional Medicine Association and Animals Asia.
According to the association, there were dozens of medicinal plants that could replace bear bile.
There are more than 200 bears still being farmed in cages in Phụng Thượng Commune, accounting for a quarter of captive bears in Việt Nam.
Since 2015, Animals Asia and Hà Nội’s Forest Protection Division have co-organised a series of events in the commune such as writing, painting and planting competitions to raise awareness of bear protection in Việt Nam. — VNS