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I've signed up to Animals Asia Foundation's Moon Bear sponsorship programme. I opted to sponsor a 'special needs' bear, and as of today am spending the princely sum of double my (modest) monthly phone bill to help provide food, shelter, and veterinary care to bears rescued from the bile trade.

I've been meaning to sign up for some time. It's nice having spare income to be able to contribute to something beyond my own existence. Humanitarian causes are important, and I do not doubt for a moment their merit. But me? I want my money to go to a cause that is not centred on humans. The sheer volume of the population is destroying the natural environment, and pushing out other animals. There's only so much room - and food and other resources - to go around, and the plight of animals so often goes ignored in the face of the plight of people. I can't donate to every charity even if I want to, a constraint which makes me seriously consider which charities I *do* want to support, and why. This is my first step, I suppose.

Date: 17/2/10 12:54 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] slutty-pants.livejournal.com
*high five* I think it's awesome that you're donating to this cause :) I honestly had NO idea that bear bile is harvested and used in medicine. WTF? You mean to tell me that in the 21st century, we can't come up with alternatives to bear bile? How about lab-created bear bile, sans bear? This is nuts. I whole heartedly agree with you that all too often, animals are left behind in favor of helping those that harm them most :( Of course some human-based groups do great things, but animals deserve the same amount of attention (or more, since they're cuter than humans). I hope you feel good about your decision to donate, because you should :) On behalf of the bears, *bear hug* lol I'm too dorky for my own good.

Dorks, ftw!

Date: 17/2/10 02:16 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] why-am-i.livejournal.com
*bear hugs* right back atcha!
:)
This post wasn't meant to be self-congratulatory so much as awareness-raising about the charity, and a meander through my own reasons for choosing to support the cause, but I *do* feel positive about my decision. There *are* alternatives to bear bile, and moreover, the animal-produced version is often contaminated with blood and pus from chronic wounds and infections in the bears - it's better for both bears and humans to use the laboratory alternative. But I guess that a lot of poorly educated people don't know that.

Re: Dorks, ftw!

Date: 17/2/10 07:48 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] slutty-pants.livejournal.com
I actually did a quick Google search after I commented on your journal, mainly to see what products/"medicine" bear bile is used in. I did read that there's alternatives to bear bile like you said, so knowing that infuriates me even more >:O I hope bears take over the world one day and seek revenge towards the cruel humans that harvested bile from them. I can't believe I haven't heard about this until you posted about it. Poor bears :( I hope your support and the support of others helps them to lead better lives.

Re: Dorks, ftw!

Date: 17/2/10 12:13 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] why-am-i.livejournal.com
You know how ages ago I promised recipes? Well, these aren't the ones I was talking about, but I thought you might like them anyway. There's one for a salad - beans with chilli, tomato and almond - and a proper meal, which can be made to be vegan with a bit of substitution - balsamic veggies with pesto and bocconcini. The link is here, and it's in a word doc. Hope that's OK at your end. :)

I heard about the bears through my mum, who heard about it through a family friend. One doesn't tend to think these things still happen, I guess because I can't imagine being so cruel to another living creature so I tend to think that others are the same, but sadly they do happen. :(

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