Support the Moon Bear
It’s become exceedingly clear to me that my Indiegogo campaign is going nowhere quickly, and I recognize that this is no one’s fault but my own. I’ve been more interested in writing about conservation and political issues than in trying to raise funds; to be honest these kinds of campaigns have never been a forte of mine. At any rate, I’m not overly upset about the failure of my fundraising efforts but I would like to share a list of other ways that you can make a difference to this cause, if you find yourself compelled to do so.
Organizations that Work to End Bile Farming:
Free the Bears is an Australian nonprofit that was founded in 1993 by a woman named Mary Hutton. The organization runs a number of bear sanctuaries and works to end the practice of bile farming through educational and awareness campaigns at the grassroots level. 100% of donations to this organization go directly towards helping the bears.
I’ve mentioned this one before on the blog. Similarly to Free the Bears, the AAF works to end bear bile farming by setting up wildlife sanctuaries, rehabilitation centres, and petitioning local governments to help shut down local operations. It’s possible to give a one time donation, however you can also sponsor a bear, which is pretty cool. The AAF works to help dogs and cats as well – they actual have quite a number of different programs and I highly recommend checking out their website directly as it’s chalked full of information.
These are really the two major organizations, and I really believe that your dollars will go the furthest if you contribute to one of these charities rather than one that doesn’t specialize in working with the Asiatic Black Bear.
Another great way to get involved is to volunteer at a sanctuary. I know that not all of us can up and move to Asia for a few months but if you happen to be a student or avid traveller, this is great experience and a worthwhile overseas adventure.