Performing bears handed over to sanctuary: a big step forward

The recent hand over of four bears from Hanoi’s Central Circus to a sanctuary is a big step towards helping bears in Vietnam, said a representative of animal welfare organisation Animals Asia.

Performing bears handed over to sanctuary: a big step forward
Two of the rescued bears play at the Vietnam Bear Rescue Centre. — Photos courtesy of Animals Asia

On June 15, four Asiatic black bears, aged between five and seven years old, which were tamed to perform on stage at the circus, were transferred to the Vietnam Bear Rescue Centre in Tam Dao District, northern Vinh Phuc Province.

This marked the end of wild bear performances at the circus, a result of many years of campaigning by the animal welfare organisation.

“This is very important,” Tuan Bendixsen, Vietnam Director of Animals Asia which operates the sanctuary, told Việt Nam News.

“The Central Circus is a premier circus in Vietnam and run by the central government. And if they are putting out signals that we will not be using wild animals anymore, then hopefully the rest of the circuses in the country will follow suit.”

People’s artist Tong Toan Thang, deputy director of the Hanoi Central Circus said it was a hard but inevitable decision to make.

Thang said: “Spectators may ask why there are no longer bears performances, they may ask is it because the circus art has so lagged behind that no artists can now perform with dangerous animals? 

“I hope they will understand that amid development and international integrity we have to abide with international regulations and conventions.”

Animals Asia has been campaigning for an end of wild animals and other animals in circuses in Vietnam since 2017, once considered a challenging task given the pretty low awareness on animal rights in the country.

But things are changing gradually, according to Bendixsen.

He said: “A lot of schools now are not allowing the students to go to the circuses to see the wild animals performing.

“The Government has also started doing their bit as well. Recently they introduced Decree 14, which is the first decree ever to spell out punishment for anyone who abuses animals.

“So we feel that with the help from the public and changes of public attitude, we will start seeing a very bright future for the wildlife in Vietnam.” 

Performing bears handed over to sanctuary: a big step forward
A bear undergoes a health check-up at the rescue centre.
 

The four bears, named Ginger, Chili, Pepper, and Saffron, were reunited with their old friends, Sugar and Spice, which were transferred to the same sanctuary two years ago, also from the same circus.

At the sanctuary, the bears are treated to lush habitats, fresh food tailored to their diets, soothing pools, and life-long health care.

“At the rescue centre they can do what they want,” Bendixsen added.

“They are getting good food, and we will make sure that they are growing up properly.

“We hope that, because the bears are quite young, after spending a period of time at the Animals Asia Rescue Centre we can start looking at whether they are suitable to be released into the wild or not.”

For the past several years, 15 circuses across Vietnam, including Hanoi Central Circus have committed to ending wild animal performances.

But more still needs to be done, according to Bendixsen.

He added: “Despite the Central Circus giving up the last four bears, there are still smaller circuses in the country that are still using wild animals, mostly cats or monkeys.  So we still continue our campaign to encourage the circus to stop using wild animals.

“Besides that we are also working to help government centres. Because once the circuses stop using wild animals there must be a place for them to go to. So we need to have a proper rescue centre to look after these animals.”

Vietnam is home to two species of bears: the Asiatic black bear and the Malayan sun bear. Both species are protected under Vietnam’s wildlife protection law which stipulates that is illegal to hunt, trap, possess, kill, sell or advertise bears or bear products in the country.

However, many bears are still hunted in the wild and sold live to commercial farms, where they are exploited for their bile to meet consumer demand. Deforestation, expansion of agriculture and modernisation have also resulted in the loss of the bears’ natural habitat.

Source: Vietnam News

Vietnam Bear Rescue Center provides help to nearly 200 bears

Vietnam Bear Rescue Center provides help to nearly 200 bears

The lives of 200 bears have been rescued from the caged life to Vietnam Bear Rescue Center over recent years.

Three captive bears in Nam Dinh rescued and taken to Vietnam Bear Rescue Centre

Three captive bears in Nam Dinh rescued and taken to Vietnam Bear Rescue Centre

Three captive bears that were kept on a farm in the northern province of Nam Dinh were taken to the Vietnam Bear Rescue Centre in Tam Dao National Park, Vinh Phuc Province on Tuesday.

 
 

Other News

.
Hanoi cleans up its pond life
Hanoi cleans up its pond life
SCI-TECH & ENVIRONMENTicon  16/08/2021 

Rapid urbanisation have led to increasing demand for housing and infrastructure. Consequently, ponds and lakes across the city have been filled to make room for construction.

Australia and Vietnam bolster ICT cooperation
Australia and Vietnam bolster ICT cooperation
SCI-TECH & ENVIRONMENTicon  15/08/2021 

It is an opportunity for Vietnamese IT companies to strengthen their connection with Australian pairs and vice versa.

Quality of Vietnam's Internet to be tested weekly
Quality of Vietnam's Internet to be tested weekly
SCI-TECH & ENVIRONMENTicon  15/08/2021 

From August 2021, the Vietnam Telecommunications Authority (Ministry of Information & Communications) will announce the weekly test results of Vietnam's Internet quality based on user experience.

First report on maritime environment, national islands completed
First report on maritime environment, national islands completed
SCI-TECH & ENVIRONMENTicon  13/08/2021 

The Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (MoNRE) has completed a report on maritime environment and national islands in the 2016-20 period, Director General of the Vietnam Administration of Seas and Islands Ta Dinh Thi said on August 13.

Vietnam integrates databases for Covid-19 prevention, control tasks
Vietnam integrates databases for Covid-19 prevention, control tasks
SCI-TECH & ENVIRONMENTicon  13/08/2021 

Along with the active work of the medical staff, the technology human resources are trying to develop useful software pieces to serve Covid-19 prevention and control tasks in hope of putting the latest outbreak under control at the earliest time.

Vietnam vows to place 5 million farming households on e-commerce sites
Vietnam vows to place 5 million farming households on e-commerce sites
SCI-TECH & ENVIRONMENTicon  15/08/2021 

Deputy Minister of Information and Communications Pham Anh Tuan has urged creating detailed plans on putting farming households on e-commerce sites.

Quang Ninh to implement solutions for garbage crisis
Quang Ninh to implement solutions for garbage crisis
SCI-TECH & ENVIRONMENTicon  13/08/2021 

Ha Long City, a popular tourist destination in the northern coastal province of Quang Ninh, will implement a series of measures to classify, collect, transport and treat domestic and construction waste from early next year.

Vietnam's NanoDragon microsatellite to be launched in Japan
Vietnam's NanoDragon microsatellite to be launched in Japan
SCI-TECH & ENVIRONMENTicon  13/08/2021 

Vietnam has sent NanoDragon satellite to Japan to hand over to the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) to launch into space.

Axie Infinity capitalizes at US$4.4 billion
Axie Infinity capitalizes at US$4.4 billion
SCI-TECH & ENVIRONMENTicon  13/08/2021 

The virtual currency in the Vietnamese blockchain game Axie Infinity - Axie Infinity Shards (AXS) - has hit a new peak of $71, setting a record capitalization of $4.4 billion.

Project to develop human resources for information security kicks off
Project to develop human resources for information security kicks off
SCI-TECH & ENVIRONMENTicon  13/08/2021 

The 23-member executive board of a project on training and developing human resources for information security for the 2021 - 2025 period has been established, led by Deputy Minister of Information and Communications Nguyen Huy Dung.

Nationally shared digital platforms will create a unified Vietnam: Minister
Nationally shared digital platforms will create a unified Vietnam: Minister
FEATUREicon  14/08/2021 

This is the message the Minister of Information and Communications Nguyen Manh Hung conveyed when delivering a speech at a ceremony launching Telehealth, the platform that allows medical examinations to be conducted from a distance.

Monkeys cause chaos during social distancing orders on Cham Islands
Monkeys cause chaos during social distancing orders on Cham Islands
SCI-TECH & ENVIRONMENTicon  12/08/2021 

Experts from the Cham Island Maritime Protected Area (MPA) and Hoi An are looking to drive monkeys back to the forest after the animals broke into houses.

Crafting regulations to build a digitalised future
Crafting regulations to build a digitalised future
SCI-TECH & ENVIRONMENTicon  12/08/2021 

With the appearance of Industry 4.0 and the huge impact of the global health crisis, the world is in the breakthrough stage of digital transformation. This is the opportunity for Vietnam to realise its aspiration of prosperity.

Internet speed index in Vietnam to be updated regularly
Internet speed index in Vietnam to be updated regularly
SCI-TECH & ENVIRONMENTicon  11/08/2021 

The Department of Telecom at the Ministry of Information and Communications will publish the weekly index of Vietnam’s internet quality on its portal starting this month, announced the Vietnam Internet Network Information Center (VNNIC) on August 11.

Vietnam ranks 8th in the world for IPv6 application
Vietnam ranks 8th in the world for IPv6 application
SCI-TECH & ENVIRONMENTicon  11/08/2021 

By the end of July 2021, Vietnam climbed up by two spots for IPv6 application compared to 2020, ranking 2nd in Southeast Asia and 8th in the world, with 45% of Internet users or more than 34 million users accessing IPv6 Internet.

CyberKid Vietnam joins hands with global security firm to protect children online
CyberKid Vietnam joins hands with global security firm to protect children online
SCI-TECH & ENVIRONMENTicon  10/08/2021 

CyberKid Vietnam is the first social organization in Vietnam with 100% Vietnamese ideas, owned and operated by Vietnamese to protect and support Vietnamese children in cyberspace.

Conservation programs put on hold with access denied due to spread of COVID
Conservation programs put on hold with access denied due to spread of COVID
SCI-TECH & ENVIRONMENTicon  10/08/2021 

Biodiversity conservation projects and forest protection in the central highlands region, over the past two years, have been either delayed or suspended as travel and mass gathering activities are limited by COVID-19 prevention measures.

Platform supports remote medical examinations in 100% of districts
Platform supports remote medical examinations in 100% of districts
SCI-TECH & ENVIRONMENTicon  10/08/2021 

The Ministry of Communications and Information has announced the connection of a platform that supports medical examinations from a distance to districts, and the inauguration of the National Technology Center for Covid-19 Prevention and Control.

Bioplastic start-up begins green journey
Bioplastic start-up begins green journey
SCI-TECH & ENVIRONMENTicon  11/08/2021 

Having worked in biopolymer research for more than a decade, Doan Van Tung in HCM City began his adventure by founding the iGreen development company in 2020

8 of 17 tigers die after being rescued from cages in Nghe An
8 of 17 tigers die after being rescued from cages in Nghe An
SCI-TECH & ENVIRONMENTicon  09/08/2021 

After the police force in the central province of Nghe An rescued 17 adult tigers illegally raised in cages by two families in Do Thanh commune in Yen Thanh district, Nghe An province, eight of the tigers died.

 
 
 
Leave your comment on an article

OR QUICK LOGIN