On Friday 5 October, the Ministry of Agriculture and
Rural Development (MARD) informed Animals Asia that the
Ministry of Defence had issued an order to evict
the entire sanctuary operation and its 104 rescued
bears. There is no justification for this.
It's believed the park director, Do Dinh Tien,
lobbied the Ministry of Defence to evict Animals Asia,
so he can hand the land to Truong Giang Tam Dao Joint
Stock Company, of which his daughter is part-owner. The
company intends to build commercial property including a
tourist park and hotels.
The closure would see 104 bears that have been
rescued from the bile industry evicted, 77 local
Vietnamese staff made unemployed, and financial
losses to Animals Asia of more than US$2 million.
After years of trauma from being locked up in small
cages and milked for their bile, our bears are now
enjoying dens, enclosures and friends to play with.
These bears will be forced to return to cages to be
relocated. This will have a major negative impact on
their mental and physical well-being. It is likely to
take at least two years to establish a new centre with
What we're doing
We're fighting this eviction notice every step of
the way, appealing directly to the Vietnamese
authorities, enlisting help from the international
community, the media and other NGOs. But most of all we
need your help.
How you can help
write to the Prime Minister of Vietnam, and appeal to
him to allow Animals Asia's Vietnam bear sanctuary,
which he previously approved and endorsed,
to continue operations, and expand, in line with the
government's original agreement.