Animals Asia’s Vietnam Bear Rescue Centre faces eviction from Tam Dao National Park, following an aggressive campaign by the park director, Do Dinh Tien.
On Friday 5 October, the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) informed Animals Asia that the Ministry of Defence has issued an order to evict the sanctuary operation and its 104 rescued bears. This follows Mr Tien lobbying the Ministry of Defence to declare the sanctuary to be an area of “national defence significance”.
Mr Tien has been pressuring Animals Asia to relinquish the land since April 2011. It is believed that he intends to hand it over to the Truong Giang Tam Dao Joint Stock Company, in which his daughter has an investment. This company has submitted an application for development of an “eco-tourism park” and hotels on the site.
The closure of the rescue centre would have a severe impact:
104 bears, rescued from Vietnam bear bile farms and smugglers - evicted
77 local Vietnamese staff – unemployed
US$2 million – investment in building and development by Animals Asia - lost
The local economy that depends on the centre would also be severely impacted, and the Vietnamese government’s commitment to ending bear bile farming would be called into question.
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