move over panda.

An Introduction [OR, how I came to know about the Moon Bear]

I wanted to share the story of this blog’s inception. I’m not an avid environmentalist, and I’m not an animal rights activist. I came to know about the Moon Bear through a co-worker who is much more passionate about these things than myself. For the sake of anonymity I’ll call my co-worker Amanda.

Amanda came into the office one Monday morning particularly disgruntled and irritable. As it turned out, she had visited the Toronto zoo on the weekend. At the time of her visit, the Giant Panda exhibit had just opened and everyone in the city was talking about the Pandas. The Panda frenzy was, in fact, the source of her moodiness.

The crux of Amanda’s issue with all the hype about the Panda’s was that so much of the attention they received was generated by the fact that they’re cute.

What about China’s other bear?

What about the Moon Bear??!  

After printing the following poster and pinning it up on her cubicle wall, Amanda described the horrors of bear bile farming and the industry that has been (largely) responsible for the declining population of the Moon Bear.

Moon bear poster

There was something funny about the idea of the underdog endangered species… something horribly ironic. We all thought Amanda’s impassioned rant was hilarious and reference to “the Moon Bear” became a bit of a running joke. That being said, I found myself researching the topic further, and I was deeply disturbed by what I found out about the bile farming industry. Bile farming is certainly no laughing matter – it’s an extremely cruel practice, and having learned more about it I felt compelled to do something. This blog was conceived as a way of raising awareness, and while I do occasionally use humour, my motivation stems from a desire to make a positive difference.

So what about the Moon Bear?! Read my “About” page and find out more about why the Moon Bear needs your help.

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2 responses

  1. Hi Stephanie, thanks so much for introducing yourself by following our site as well as the Moon Bear story. The sad thing is that there are so many stories like this. There’s also an endangered species called a Spirit or Ghost Bear that lives in British Columbia’s Great Bear Rainforest. (http://raxacollective.wordpress.com/2013/04/20/swept-away/) The points about the pandas are also well taken in terms of how the “conservation dollars” are drawn there. http://raxacollective.wordpress.com/2013/09/06/saving-a-gentle-giant/

    Good luck with your site–we look forward to reading more!

    October 8, 2013 at 6:11 am

    • Hi Raxa Collective, thanks for stopping by and taking an interest in my site! I am relatively new to this so it’s great to be in contact with others conservationists. With regards to the Ghost Bear, I had never heard of it before… it’s unfortunate that so many species on the endangered list receive little to no attention from the media.
      Thanks for the information and for introducing yourself – I look forward to reading your blog!

      Stefanie

      October 8, 2013 at 12:10 pm

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