Animals Asia have had an urgent call about three bears in terrible trouble on a bile farm.
They were alerted 2 weeks ago – and they dropped everything, to get ready to rescue as fast as possible. But travel restrictions put in place because of the coronavirus meant it was not possible (or safe) to go ahead.
Travel restrictions have been lifted now. The team is ready to go and rescue the three bears. But Animals Asia need help to do it. These bears will have bellies to fill, there'll be essential medicines to buy and months of high costs, thanks to the coronavirus.
The bears were found trapped in tiny metal cages, side by side. There’s limited information about them but Animals Asia say they can be almost certain that they will have serious health issues and will need special, on-going care and treatment for the rest of their lives – which could be 15 years or more.
They are asking people to become monthly donors, to help set up these bears on the road to recovery and beyond.
Sometimes you see something on the internet or on television that really hits you hard and makes a point extremely well.
I saw this video, this afternoon, and I wanted to share it with you. Please share it with everyone you can.
The ultimate message is that we SHARE this planet. It demonstrates how dominant the human race has become - and how selfish. I am not going to tell you anymore about it - please just watch it for yourself. Here it is:
They were found when they were three months old in 2006 and they've been kept in barren enclosures since they were small cubs. They live in the president residence of Syniogora, in the south east of Lviv, Ukraine.
The conditions around them is awful. They are kept separated. They are in two small enclosures, with concrete floors, and no natural vegetation or enrichment at all! There's no protection from the sun or rain. The bears receive food just chucked over the fence. Their water and food containers are dirty. And the bears show stereotypical behaviour.
Four Paws want to move the President Bears to the Bear Sanctuary Domazhyr in Ukraine as soon as possible. Here they can enjoy a new life, full of care and freedom.
The good news is that Four Paws addressed the Ukrainian authorities after the recent change of presidency, and they've given Four Paws the thumbs up to relocate the bears and look after them.
Will you help Leo and Malenka enjoy freedom and the grass between their paws?
The Sierra Club (a grassroots environmental organisation in the US) has announced that there’s big, exciting news from a bank!
JPMorgan Chase have announced at its annual Investor Day that:
It will not finance oil and gas extraction in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge
It will not continue financing many coal-related enterprises, including thermal coal mines and coal-fired power plants across the world.
The bank is by far the leading US investor in fossil fuels, and environmentalists and indigenous peoples have put pressure on the bank for years trying to move away from projects which threaten the climate.
They promised to stop investing in and providing services to companies which derive “the majority of their revenues from the extraction of coal” by 2024, and not to provide financing to offshore and onshore oil and gas extraction in the Arctic
Goldman Sachs also made a similar commitment not to financial oil drilling in the Arctic two months ago.
Now, it’s vital that we put the pressure on other big banks to follow suit.
Could their executives and shareholders live with themselves if there was an accident drilling for oil and gas in the Arctic which they had agreed to finance? It only takes ONE spill to do unrepairable damage. As the Sierra Club say, “Clean air, safe drinking water, wildlife and wild places are under attack-and once they're gone, they're gone for good.”
Tell These Big US Banks That Arctic Drilling Is Bad Business!
The Sierra Club say that banks worldwide are refusing to fund Arctic drilling. Some US banks are dragging their feet. But Goldman Sachs have done it; they were the trail-finders who have ruled out financing Arctic oil and gas drilling, thermal coal mines and coal-fired power projects around the world. Thank you, everyone at Goldman Sachs.
Big banks don’t want to fall behind on industry trends.
The Sierra Club is asking us all to focus our efforts on the other US funders which, they say, are notorious for propping up dirty fuels: Wells Fargo, Citi, JP Morgan Chase, Bank of America, and Morgan Stanley.
The Sierra Club are asking everyone to:
Send a message to the CEOs of the other major US banks, telling them that bankrolling Arctic drilling isn’t just bad business -- it’s a threat to Indigenous human rights and to the climate.
That means he needs food, medicines, toys and climbing frames for at least 15 years, to give him the life he deserves.
He’s been given the name Tuan after the Vietnam Director of Animals Asia, Tuan Bendixsen.
It’s the first time he’s been safe in his life – but he doesn’t know he’s safe. There is a long road to recovery for Tuan. He’s deeply traumatised. And you can help him by helping and donating towards his care.
He’s Animal Asia’s 210th rescued bear in Vietnam. All the bears need help, time and care. They need food, medicine and enrichment activities.