Hi everyone! Jigsaw here, all ready to go for 2016! Sal's been super-busy so I've chosen my own puzzle and I reckon it's a beauty! Our favourite anima

       
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Hi everyone! Jigsaw here, all ready to go for 2016! Sal's been super-busy so I've chosen my own puzzle and I reckon it's a beauty! Our favourite animal welfare photographer Peter Yuen snapped this winner when I was out for a stroll in my enclosure, savouring the sweet smell of the soft grass under my feet and the warm sun on my back. It's everything that our previous lives were not: the difference between living behind (and ON) bars in a cage for up to 30 years at a bear-bile farm and this lucky world as a rescued bear, living happily and carefree here with our Animals Asia family... but of course, that's only because YOU care enough to help look after me!

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CLICK ON MY PHOTO TO SEE THE PUZZLE ON MY WEBSITE

It's a BIG puzzle with 112 pieces of ME - so I will need lots of support!! but 50 pieces are turned over already from early donations and fundraisers. We want to raise $11,000 to cover as much as possible of my annual share of costs at the sanctuary. People ask Sal "surely Jigsaw doesn't EAT that much in a year??" Well, it's true I do like my food but there's lots more to caring for me than supplying my daily meals:

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Maintenance of enclosures (20 bears together can cause some serious mischief!)
Employment of staff from local communities who grow our food or take care of us everyday at the sanctuary

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Medical & bear management team costs: they monitor our health and social well-being (Grouping bears takes experience.. you can't just put 20 of us together and expect us to "get on" straightaway...it takes time to decide who you want to share your "house" and meals with, not to mention sleeping den!)

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OFF TO A GREAT START WITH OUR MARKET STALL

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Sal and her friends gave me a mighty push start with their Trash'n'Treasure market day in March, selling $2400+ of donated goodies! Best story-of-the-day was the little bloke who bought a scooter but, when scooting passed later, noticed the BIKE for sale .. an earnest negotiation with his dad ensued, more money changed hands and the lad exchanged his scooter for the bike! He looked great on the scooter but pleased as punch on the bike!! And then along came a young girl and off went the scooter for a second time! Everybody's a winner - but especially me & my bear buddies. So a huge bear-hug Thank You to Sal's team for rising early and creating such a fantastic stall!

AND FUNDRAISER #3 BY SAMFORD STATE SCHOOL

Big Woo Hoo to Samford State School in QLD for holding their third annual Endangered Animals fuNraiser - they hold a "come as your favourite animal" gold coin day - how cool! (heh! heh! maybe we bears could have a "come as your favourite human" day!). As well as me, the school sponsors a further 4 endangered species! This year their donation of $400 turned over 4 pieces of my 2016 puzzle. It's not just about the money raised: through their studies the students have a genuine concern for the plight of us animals and elect to continue their sponsorship every year! You guys rock!

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CLICK TO HEAR SCARLETT SHARE HER PASSION ABOUT MOON BEARS

Sal's planning a new page for our Adoptamoonbear website to encourage awareness at schools with study ideas and links, along with FuNraising ideas for the students! She reckons students of all ages engage strongly with the animal welfare issues and are ready for action!! Remember Scarlett? She's had a huge impact with her video, inspiring many young people to get involved.
contact Sal for more info or if you have some good ideas for her new page!

2015 MARKED SOME VERY IMPORTANT MILESTONES FOR BEARS IN VIETNAM

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ONE WHOLE NEW DOUBLE BEAR HOUSE & 2 ENCLOSURES IS NEEDED FOR ALL THE BEARS RESCUED IN VIETNAM DURING 2015

41 bears were rescued in Vietnam in 2015? That means an entirely new double bear house (with two enclosures opening off it) needs to be built to accommodate them, at a cost of US $450,000 not to mention the ongoing upkeep of the bears themselves. Read more here

The 2015 rescues meant the end of bear-bile farming in Quang Ninh province (location of the famous tourist attraction Halong Bay). This was effected by the Prime Minister himself!

2015 saw the historic signing of a pledge between Animals Asia & the Traditional Medicine Association of Vietnam to end bear-bile prescribing by 2020 ....which could result in many more bears needing new homes

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This brings the number of bears rescued by Animals Asia in Vietnam to 162, with over 140 still living at the sanctuary today (there were less than 40 when Jigsaw arrived in 2010)...multiply that by minimum $11,000 per annum, then by a lifespan (average) of 15 years! ...

STOP PRESS! A 13 yr old bear is being rescued right now at Danang - a voluntary handover by the people who kept her! Read here

Even so, there's still a long way to go...

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This year Tuan Bendixsen and his team at Animals Asia Vietnam Bear Rescue Centre will be running an awareness campaign in Hanoi, targeting the village of Phung Thuong where 200 bears are confined in cages on farms. Overall there are more than 1000 moon bears still being farmed in Vietnam

EVERY RESCUE IS WORTH IT...wouldn't you agree??

From This Life...

WHICH BEARS DO YOU THINK ARE ENJOYING THEIR LIVES THE MOST???

PLEASE CONTINUE YOUR SUPPORT AND LOVE FOR JIGSAW THROUGH 2016. START NOW WITH YOUR DONATION BELOW!

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STILL NEED CONVINCING?

See what a difference 6 months makes to a rescued moon bear. Tuffy was rescued during our visit in September last year. All the recent arrivals looked pitiful and anxious especially when humans came near. Six months on, with his damaged gall bladder removed and three rotten teeth extracted, Tuffy has finally been able to go outside. This surely is the moment when he realised he was never ever going back to a bile farm. (it's only a short video but you must watch till the end - very funny!) He is literally jumping for Joy!

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WATCH TUFFY JUMP FOR JOY AT HIS NEW FOUND FREEDOM

Thank you for reading my Beyond the Bamboo Newsletter and I really hope to hear from you soon! Love, YOUR bear Jigsaw & Sal

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