Street cats in Guangzhou (the cat-eating capital of China) have a second chance thanks to an amazing group working there on the ground (helped by much-needed funds from Animals Asia).
So proud to let you know that our UK team achieved the impossible this weekend. I don't who had the original idea but before we knew it, our UK Director Dave and his team were telling us that they were going to rise to the challenge of walking the three peaks of the UK - Ben Nevis, Scarfell and Snowdon - and all in 24 hours! Calling them on Saturday evening China time just before they set off, it was clear they were wondering what on earth they were doing. An excited Dave said they were as ready as they could be, although did I detect slightly nervous laughter in the background as I wished them all the best of British luck!
Our animal-therapy dogs are fundamental to the success and flawless reputation of Dr Dog. Where would we be without these incredible ambassadors, these bearers of unconditional love who melt people's hearts wherever they go and confirm without any shred of doubt why dogs (and cats) are our friends...not food?...
Animals Asia turned 10 years old today! To you all, directors, staff, volunteers and amazing supporters across the globe – a huge and heartfelt thank you for this past decade of hope; for helping Animals Asia keep our promises to the animals across the Asian continent, rescuing them and bringing them sanctuary and for helping us to keep our most important core promise of restoring respect to them all.
They don't come more beautiful than this - or luckier. Found in a pet shop area just after the earthquake that hit Chengdu, Richter would have faded away and died if our previous volunteer vet nurse, Judy, hadn't said "should we go back one more time to see if there's anything left?"
We are getting a lot of queries about how Animals Asia is using the Olympics to highlight the suffering of animals in China. This is an issue we have given much thought to and have been discussing for some time. We have been working on the ground in China for over 20 years and we believe we know what works and what doesn't. In our view, boycotts and "aggressive" protests simply don't work - in fact they can work against us.
Life blooms eternal – following the sad deaths of our bears, Irwin and Yin Yang in Chengdu, their sponsors chose to keep the original names for our two new cubs in Vietnam.
We’re often asked if the bears really put their past behind them and recover mentally from their traumatic years on the farms. The simplest way of responding to that question these days is simply to say, “tree party”!
Some of you may have heard that Beijing has banned its official Olympics restaurants from serving dog meat during the Games. Our China Relations Director Christie Yang quickly wrote to the Mayor of Beijing calling for the ban to be made permanent.
Tuesday 10am and Jen’s just made the first incision into Miracle’s, abdomen. At that precise moment, the lights flickered, some of the equipment stopped and our vet teams’ eyes opened wide over their masks. With a sleeping bear on the surgery table, this is not a good time for the electricity to fail.
Jill heads Animals Asia’s team of over 300 enthusiastic staff. She divides her time between mainland China, Vietnam and Hong Kong, and travels frequently…READ MORE
Jill Robinson MBE
Jill heads Animals Asia’s team of over 300 enthusiastic staff. She divides her time between mainland China, Vietnam and Hong Kong, and travels frequently around the world to give presentations at conferences and speak at fundraising events. A hands-on leader, she is involved in all major decision-making. She works with the vet and bear teams during rescues and health checks and advises closely on construction projects. She visits dog and cat markets and zoos and safari parks throughout China to document the abuse of animals, and visits hospitals and homes for the elderly with her own animal-therapy dog, Eddie, who was rescued from a meat market in China.
She writes her own blog, her own speeches and presentations, is a regular contributor to newspapers and magazines and a frequent guest on radio and TV shows. She has also co-written a children’s book about moon bears and co-written a number of scientific papers with Animals Asia’s vet team.
Born in the UK, Jill arrived in Hong Kong in 1985 and spent 12 years working in Asia as a consultant for the International Fund for Animal Welfare. Repeatedly faced with scenes of widespread animal cruelty, Jill decided to introduce the concept of “animal welfare through people welfare” and founded “Dr Dog” in Hong Kong in 1991 – the first animal-therapy programme of its kind in Asia.
Jill founded Animals Asia in 1998 – five years after an encounter with a caged bear on a farm in southern China changed her life forever. Learning that bear bile could be replaced by herbs, she vowed to put an end to bear bile farming. Since then, Animals Asia has rescued 400 bears in China and Vietnam.
Jill is a Council Member of the World Federation of Chinese Medicine Societies (WFCMS) Herbal Committee and shares her home in Hong Kong with her family of three dogs and five cats.