Saving moon bears from cruel 'farms'

The Asiatic black bear, an imposing figure at 2m tall, is a silent victim of illegal wildlife trade in South-east Asia. In Vietnam, for example, these bears are kept in cages where they barely have standing room, for one reason: their bile.
Bears caged in the compound of a large home in Phung Thuong, an hour north of Hanoi. Rescued moon bears in a sanctuary in Tam Dao National Park, where the bears are given a good diet, and have space to roam and interact with others.
Bears caged in the compound of a large home in Phung Thuong, an hour north of Hanoi. ST PHOTO: LIM YAOHUI
Rescued moon bears in a sanctuary in Tam Dao National Park, where the bears are given a good diet, and have space to roam and interact with others.
Rescued moon bears in a sanctuary in Tam Dao National Park, where the bears are given a good diet, and have space to roam and interact with others.

Beyond Africa's elephants and rhinos which are killed for their ivory and horn, many animals found in the region are also being poached to extinction. The Sunday Times shines the spotlight on three other animals from South-east Asia that are threatened by the trade. Some of them, such as the pangolin, can even be found in Singapore.

They were kept at the back of the four-storey house, and fed scraps from the dinner table.

But these bears, housed in the compound of a large home in Phung Thuong, an hour north of Hanoi, were not pets.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on July 01, 2018, with the headline 'Saving moon bears from cruel 'farms''. Print Edition | Subscribe