Swindon’s Animals Asia Support Group has successfully raised £12,000 to adopt Florence, a rescued moon bear at the Animals Asia sanctuary in Chengdu province.
Florence – below – is an Asian black bear, also known as a moon bear, was rescued from a bile farm by the charity. She’s the support group’s second adoptee, the first is Zebedee.
In captivity moon bears are confined in metal cages for up to 20 years and regularly subjected to the painful extraction of bile through tubes permanently attached to their abdomens for use in traditional Chinese medicines.
Jill Robinson MBE, who set up the charity in 1998, said: “We’re all thrilled here in China that Florence has a permanent home – and also in the hearts of Swindon Animals Asia Support Group. Reaching a target of £12,000 is no mean feat and our endless thanks to all who inspired different ways of raising such an amount.”
Swindon Animals Asia Support Group was set up in 2007 by Sarah and David Chilvers and has raised the money to adopt Florence over the last three years through events such as a Dragon Boat race, band nights and donations from local supporters.
Sarah said: “The £12,000 we pledged to raise was so we could adopt and name Florence and this money will help Animals Asia bring all 130 bears from the bear farm in Nanning to their sanctuary in Chengdu.”