I’m in a packed room at the Greater Boston Buddhist Cultural Center. Dinner has just ended and the lights have dimmed. The screen in front of me flickers with projected images, and a woman – blond and attractive, with a tender, humble smile – begins speaking. For the next hour the audience sits spellbound as the woman, in a lilting English accent, tells us about her work with animals. The images we see and the stories we hear shock us into an almost-total silence, save for the occasional gasp, or groan, or unmuffled sob. By the time the presentation is over, my face is streaming with tears. How could I not have known this? What can I do about it now?
Discovered by Jill in 1993, this bear had been trapped in this small cage for years. (credit: AAF)
The talk I attended in Boston was part of AAF’s 2011 North American Roadshow, which has Jill and her American team traveling across the U.S. and Canada to raise awareness and gather support for AAF’s mission.
|Andrew, one fortunate bears now enjoying life at AAF's Moon Bear Rescue Centre in China (credit: AAF)|
For those who can't attend the Roadshow events, AAF has produced a video called Moon Bear Rescue: A Decade On, which highlights the Moon Bear issue and AAF's progress in helping to put an end to the atrocity of bear bile farming. View the video below or click here to see it on YouTube.
Photo credit: Animals Asia Foundation