Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | News Video | Crime | Employers | Housing | Immigration | Legal | Local Govt. | Maori | Welfare | Unions | Youth | Search


Campaign Against China's Bear Farming - Launches

Campaign Against China's Bear Farming - Launches Sat 1 Nov

Campaign Launches Against China's Bear Farming - Supported by the Greens, Kiwi TV Stars and an International Author

The New Zealand leg of an international campaign to intensify pressure on the Chinese Government to ban bear bile farming has the support of well-known national and international personalities.

Following closely on the heels of the Chinese President's visit to New Zealand, this Saturday (1 November) marks the start of the New Zealand leg of the global tour, which has already travelled throughout the UK, Indonesia and Australia. Organised by WSPA (the World Society for the Protection of Animals), the tour starts in Auckland and will travel to Hamilton, Tauranga, Napier, Palmerston North and Wellington.

During the two-week campaign WSPA aims to get at least 9,000 postcards signed by compassionate Kiwis to symbolise the 9,000 bears that are currently being farmed for their bile in China across 167 bear farms.

The tour is supported by Jeffrey Mason, world-renowned animal author of 'When Elephants Weep' and 'Dogs Never Lie About Love' who comments "Bear-bile farms belong with slavery, the burning of witches, and the Ku Klux Klan, on the rubbish heap of history. That such practices are tolerated at all is a moral blot, which we will never be able to live down. I am ashamed to belong to a species that finds medicinal use in the indescribable suffering of a noble animal, the bear."

Green Party MP, Sue Kedgley, has also pledged her support and says "It's great that WSPA is bringing this hideously cruel and inhumane practice to our attention, because most people are unaware of it. I call on the Chinese government to phase out this callous practice."

Shortland Street stars, Laura Hill (plays nurse Toni Thompson) and Li Ming Hu (plays Li Mei Chen) will be campaigning with the WSPA team from midday this Saturday, outside The Body Shop on Queen St.

"The continued abuse of bears in Chinese bile farms is inconceivable. No animal should have to live with that kind of suffering, particularly when there is a perfectly good synthetic alternative. These farms must be closed down," says Laura.

Bear bile is an ingredient in some Traditional Chinese Medicine, and is viewed as a cure for many illnesses. However, the active ingredient can be produced synthetically and there are now more than 75 herbal alternatives, making bear farming completely unnecessary.

The central feature of the bear tour is "Chewan" a life-size mechanical bear named after the Chinese word for "Hope". Chewan moves and groans as a real Asiatic black bear writhing in agony in a confining metal cage on a Chinese bear farm would.

The signed postcards will be presented to the Ambassador of the Chinese Embassy in Wellington, on Tuesday, November 11 at 1pm, to mark New Zealanders support of this campaign.

New Zealand's Bear Tour Schedule

Sat, 1 Nov, 9.00am - 4.00pm, Outside The Body Shop, Cnr Queen & Darby Streets, Auckland

Sun, 2 Nov, 9.00am - 4.00pm, Near The Body Shop, The Pavilion, Botany Shopping Town, Auckland

Mon, 3 Nov, 9.00am - 4.00pm, Outside The Body Shop, Cnr Queen & Darby Streets, Auckland

Tues, 4 Nov, 9.00am - 4.00pm, Civic Square, Hamilton

Wed, 5 Nov, 9.00am - 4.00pm, Outside The Body Shop, Bayfair Shopping Centre, Mt Maunganui & Girven Roads, Tauranga

Thurs, 6 Nov, 9.00am - 4.00pm, Outside The Body Shop, 156-162 Emerson Street, Napier

Fri, 7 Nov, 9.00am - 4.00pm, The Plaza, Church Street, Palmerston North

Sat, 8 Nov, 9.00am - 4.00pm, Outside The Body Shop, 280 Lambton Quay, Wellington

Sun, 9 Nov, 9.00am - 4.00pm, Outside The Body Shop, Queensgate Mall, Wellington - Lower Hutt

Mon, 10 Nov, 9.00am - 4.00pm, Outside The Body Shop, 280 Lambton Quay, Wellington

Tues, 11 Nov, 1.00pm, Public protest outside Chinese Embassy, Glenmore Street, Kelburn, Wellington

© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Scoop 3.0: How You Can Help Scoop’s Evolution

Entering into its third decade of operation, the Scoop news ecosystem is set to undergo another phase of transformation and evolution.

We have big plans for 2018 as we look to expand our public interest journalism coverage, upgrade our publishing infrastructure and offer even more valuable business tools to commercial users of Scoop. More>>


Speaking Of Transport: Public Engagement On Wellington Scenarios

“Our work on possible solutions for Wellington’s transport future is ongoing, but has progressed to the stage where we’re ready to share our ideas with the public and seek their feedback to help guide our next steps...” More>>


Parental Leave: National's Time-Sharing Change Fails

National has proposed a change to the Parental Leave and Employment Protection Amendment Bill that would allow both parents to take paid parental leave at the same time, if that is what suits them best. More>>


Train Free Thursday: Workers Strike To Defend Terms Of Employment

"They signed up to these conditions a year ago when they got the contract for Wellington's rail services. Now they're trying to increase profits by squeezing frontline workers." More>>


Seclusion: Ombudsman Emphasises Importance Of Monitoring

Disability Rights Commissioner Paula Tesoriero says that while there have been changes to the Education (Update) Amendment Act 2017 to prohibit the use of seclusion, the report is an important reminder of the importance of regular monitoring of schools. More>>


United Future History: "All Good Things Must End"

'We’re extremely proud of what we’ve achieved over the past 15 years, working alongside the government of the day, both National and Labour.' Mr Light told members on Monday. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On The TPP Outcome, And The Hobbit Law

Somehow the Trans Pacific Partnership trade deal has come lurching back from the dead – and as predicted in this column last week, the member countries gathered in Vietnam have announced a deal in broad principle, shunted aside until a later date the stuff on which they don’t agree, and declared victory. More>>

Agreeing To Differ: Greens Maintain Opposition To TPPA
“The Green Party has long opposed the TPPA. The new proposed deal, which came out of the weekend’s talks, still contains key ISDS concessions to corporations that put our democracy at risk, so our position remains the same,” said Green Party trade spokesperson Golriz Ghahraman. More>>


Monitoring Report: A New Chapter For Children’s Rights In New Zealand?

The Children’s Commissioner is calling on the country to embrace children’s rights to ensure their overall well-being. More>>





Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election