It’s been a frantic and heartbreaking day for everyone here on site, but just quickly, more bad news I’m afraid. Two more beautiful bears have died today, one we euthanised to put him out of his agony, the other simply couldn’t hold on any longer – and who could blame him?
It is so hard to know how to start. Yesterday when we knew more bears were on their way to our China sanctuary, we were realistic enough to know that some would be in very poor shape and in urgent need of medical attention, but we also allowed ourselves to feel some excitement and hope. We had to.
After the horrors of Maoshan live animal market a few weeks ago and seeing so much terrible abuse of dogs, cats and other domestic animals, Christie, Rainbow and I became part of something unbelievably inspiring in China this Easter weekend.
Just a quick note to bring you some fantastic news! The Hong Kong journalist, who spent months investigating bear farming, visiting farms and our Chengdu sanctuary, has just won the “Best Writing” prize in the Hong Kong News Awards. Well done Elsa! To read the full story and to see translations of Elsa’s awarding winning articles
Everyone has a hero in their lives and I first saw mine when I was six. She starred in an unforgettable film called “Born Free”, which touched the heart of a little girl and started the ripple of a lifetime love of animals.
As many of you know, I spend a lot of my time on the road giving talks and fundraising and this of course means time away from our bears.
We have so many fantastic supporters who help us in a myriad of ways and many of these people never get any recognition for their generous support. So every now and again I’d like to say a special thank you to one of these wonderful people.
Arvid, one of our techie gurus in Hong Kong, has just set up an RSS feed for my blog. For those of you know don’t know what this is, it basically saves you time by letting you know if the blog has been updated.
Winters can be pretty chilly in northern Vietnam, but this is one little bear that knows how to stay warm. Mara, one of the three adorable cubs rescued from a smuggler, has made herself a snug little bed and, luckily, our bear manager Amanda had her camera at the ready.
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.