Do Van Dung (Ben Ke Hamlet, Thuy Dong Commune, Thanh Hoa District, Long An Province) voluntarily transferred to the Bear Center (Cat Tien National Park, Dong Nai Province) on the morning of 26. October 2021.
Immediately after moving to the Bear Center, these individuals will be monitored, taken care of, and lived in a semi-wild environment with 38 other species here.
It is known that these are 3 of the last 4 individuals still kept in captivity in Long An province. Therefore, after October 26, in the province, there is only 1 individual bear being kept in captivity in a household (Hau Nghia town, Duc Hoa district). In order to ensure a good living environment for this bear, the Education for Nature Center (ENV) has proposed the Long An Provincial Forest Protection Department to coordinate with the People’s Committee of Duc Hoa District to continue coordinating to mobilize the owners to transfer the bear. This bear came to the rescue center.
Previously, in June 2021, Lang Son province persuaded the owner to hand over the last 3 bears in the area to the rescue center. With this action, Lang Son has registered his name in the 40th locality in the country where there are no bears kept in captivity for bile in Vietnam.
Talking about this issue, Ms. Bui Thi Ha – Deputy Director of ENV shared: “ENV urges owners to transfer bears to the State as soon as possible so that bears can have a better life at rescue centers. in the last days of life and contribute to ending bear farming in Vietnam, creating conditions for bear populations in the wild to be restored and developed.”
According to the ENV database, in 2005, the country had about 4,300 bears in captivity. This number is now 324 (down more than 90%). In 2020, 22 bears were voluntarily transferred to rescue centers by people. Only in the first 9 months of 2021, 11 bears have been transferred along with 07 others to be received in the near future.