A bear which was illegally held in captivity for up to 15 years has been sent to a rescue centre in the northern province of Ninh Binh.
On Tuesday, the Asian black bear kept by a family in Ninh Giang District, Hai Duong Province was taken to the Bear Sanctuary Ninh Binh.
The bear provided with a medical check-up before being sent to the rescue centre.
The bear was discovered following an inspection by local authorities. No microchip was found on the bear. After several attempts to work with the authorities, the bear owner agreed to transfer the animal to the Bear Sanctuary in Ninh Binh.
This was the third bear brought to the centre in the first half of October.
On October 2, an owner of a bear farm in the Central Highlands province of Lam Dong handed over two bears to the centre.
According to wildlife organization, Education for Nature-Vietnam (ENV), around 384 bears are being illegally held in Vietnam. Over recent years, thanks to authorities’ drastic measures on bear preservation, bears have been handed over to rescue centres.
ENV expected more activities for protecting bears to be carried out so that Vietnam can early end the bear bile farming.
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