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Jill Robinson

Animal Welfare Debate Is Alive and Well in Vietnam

Jill Robinson | Posted 05.04.2015 | Green
Jill Robinson

Coverage in the Vietnamese media makes one thing abundantly clear -- the general public in Vietnam is more engaged in animal welfare than ever before.

Bears Rescued From Bile Farms: Why Not Just Release Them?

Jill Robinson | Posted 12.01.2014 | Green
Jill Robinson

More than 10,000 bears are believed to be languishing on Chinese bear bile farms. The simple solution of just opening the gates is not an option - the scale of the problem is way beyond that simplistic approach.

Dogs in Asia: Doctors Not Dinner

Jill Robinson | Posted 11.15.2014 | Green
Jill Robinson

In a continent where dogs are often regarded as food, a change in attitude is palpable as the science behind the healing powers of canine therapy is being embraced by animal lovers and doctors alike.

Nanning Diary: Turning a Bear Bile Farm Into a Sanctuary, Peace by Piece

Jill Robinson | Posted 08.12.2014 | Green
Jill Robinson

This was field work in the raw, where six bears were going to be anesthetized and examined -- undergoing procedures to remove pain they had been suffering for years.

China's Rapidly Growing Animal Welfare Movement

Jill Robinson | Posted 04.07.2014 | Green
Jill Robinson

Progress such as this enforces the notion that change can only happen when the people of the country support the change.

Not Born to Perform

Jill Robinson | Posted 01.23.2014 | Green
Jill Robinson

Monkeys are dressed in garish clothes and smacked by trainers before they reluctantly ride bikes or horses. Bears wear brightly colored skirts and are forced to stand and skip with ropes, before being punched -- hard in the face -- when they fail.

150 Pharmacies in China Say No to Bear Bile

Jill Robinson | Posted 10.29.2013 | Green
Jill Robinson

More than 10,000 bears -- mainly moon bears, but also brown bears -- are kept on bile farms in China, and around 2,400 moon bears (and some sun bears) in Vietnam. The bears are milked regularly for their bile, which is used in traditional medicine.