Although the production of bear bile as well as the trade in bear products have been banned by law since 2005, today some 400 bears – mainly Asiatic black bears – are kept on over 150 bear farms in Vietnam. Many are illegally abused for the extraction of bear bile.
In the framework of the #saddestbears campaign, FOUR PAWS has set itself the task of ending the torment of bile bears in Vietnam.
Rescue Ben: He suffered almost three decades in a tiny, filthy cage. After a 200km journey across Vietnam, bear Ben can begin his new life at our BEAR SANCTUARY Ninh Binh.
Biggest FOUR PAWS mission in Vietnam: Seven bile bears rescued from cruel captivity
Unexpected bile bear rescue in Vietnam - 3 nameless Asiatic black bears. Now they got the names: Lili, Lulu and Lac.
Rescue of 3 Asiatic black bears from Binh Duong province. Chuoi, Tao and Le were brought to BEAR SANCTUARY Ninh Binh.
In the biggest FOUR PAWS rescue operation to date, we save the five bile bears Keo, Lim, San, Dieu and Khoai Lang.
Bear cubs Mi and Tam are rescued from the illegal wildlife trade and taken into our care.
FOUR PAWS reaches two more emergency cases in Vietnam: we are able to rescue Asiatic black bears Trang und Long.
FOUR PAWS saves another pair of abused bears, locked up for over 12 years: Hoa Lan and Hoa Tra.
FOUR PAWS rescues May and Binh Yen from captivity in cruel conditions. There are now no more bear farms in Ninh Binh Province.
FOUR PAWS rescues former bile bear Misa.
FOUR PAWS rescues the first bile bears in Vietnam. Nhi Nho, Thai Van and Thai Giang move to Ninh Bin and become the BEAR SANCTUARY's first residents.
According to official figures, around 800 bears still live on an estimated 250 farms in Vietnam.
FOUR PAWS launches the international campaign
#savethesaddestbears: END BEAR FARMING in Vietnam!
Construction work starts on BEAR SANCTUARY Ninh Binh.
FOUR PAWS begins cooperation with the state wildlife rescue centre, the 'Hanoi Wildlife Rescue Centre', and funds an outdoor enclosure in order to improve the living conditions of the former bile bears kept there.
FOUR PAWS investigates Vietnamese bile bear farms for the first time.
The Vietnamese government bans the sale and consumption of bear bile and the new admission of bears to farms. All bears kept on farms are registered and microchipped. At this point, around 4,300 bears live on Vietnamese bear bile farms.