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Tampa Bay Vegan & Vegetarian Meetup Group Message Board › New Meeting: Animals Asia Event

New Meeting: Animals Asia Event

A former member
Announcing a new meeting for St Pete Vegetarian Meetup Group!

What: Animals Asia Event

When: Sunday, May 18, 11:00 AM

Admission fee: USD15.00 per person

Where: Click the link below to find out!

Meeting Description: As some of you may know, China has an atrocious practice of capturing wild Asiatic Black Bears (nick named ?Moon Bears?), and confining them in tiny cages for life (often 20 years) so that their bile may be obtained to use in traditional Chinese medicines. These bears are kept in horrendous conditions and literally have an open wound in their abdomen at all times so that bile can be obtained from them on a daily basis, which is a very painful practice for these bears. Animals Asia, a non-profit organization based out of Hong Kong, rescues these bears so they can live out their lives at a peaceful sanctuary. I?ve personally heard the general counsel speak about this issue and the work Animals Asia does and it?s very fascinating, although extremely upsetting.

We are lucky enough to have Jill Robinson, the founder and CEO of Animals Asia, coming all the way from Hong Kong for a speaking engagement at Peace River Refuge & Ranch, which is an exotic animal sanctuary, located at 2545 Stoner Lane, Zolfo Springs, FL 33890. The event is May 18th, from 11am until 4:30. There is a suggested donation of $15 and this includes the lecture (which will begin at 12:15pm), a tour of the Sanctuary at 1:30 and a light lunch. There will also be a silent auction.

The $15 is worth just hearing Jill Robinson speak about the atrocities committed in bear bile farms in China. This is an issue that most Americans have no knowledge of and I really think we should educate ourselves about animal abuse that?s occurring in other countries, especially when the ?other country? is hosting the 2008 Olympics. I can also guarantee that the tour of the Peace River Refuge & Ranch will be extremely fascinating and enjoyable.

For more information about this event, please review the attached flyer. You can RSVP to 863-735-0804 or email For more information on Animals Asia, please visit For more information on the Peace River Refuge & Ranch, please visit http://www.peaceriver...­.

I really hope everyone will come out to tour the Sanctuary and learn about the torturous practices that take place in Chinese bear bile farms.

Please forward this to anyone you know that may be interested.



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