Friday Harbor spotlight: plight of Asia's Moon Bear, May 16

US director of Animals Asia Lance Morgan will be in Friday Harbor, Wednesday, to discuss and present a slideshow about the nonprofit
US director of Animals Asia Lance Morgan will be in Friday Harbor, Wednesday, to discuss and present a slideshow about the nonprofit's work on behalf of neglected, abused and endangered animals of Asian, beginning at 7 p.m., at the Mullis Center; reception to follow.
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Life for an Asian Moon Bear can be exceedingly cruel.

Some are known to have been held captive for as long as 30 years in tiny so-called "crush cages", where they're stomachs are routinely harvested by crude surgical equipment — sometimes simply from an open hole — for a bile that's peculiar to their species, and which bear farmers then exploit on commercial markets worldwide.

It's a practice that Animals Asia has tried to put a halt to for more than a decade. And it will be one many topics covered in a talk and slideshow presentation by AA's US Director Lance Morgan, Wednesday, May 16, at the Mullis Center in Friday Harbor.

Founded in 1998, Animals Asia advocates on behalf of and rescues animals throughout Asia, such as the Moon Bear, as well as dogs and cats, which can end up in the meat trade in China and other Asian countries. The group operates two sanctuaries, in China and in Vietnam, where bears rescued or handed over to the group can live out the rest of their lives.

In addition to its End Bearing Farming program, one of three flagship initiatives, AA supports and operates Cat and Dog Welfare and Action against Cruelty programs as well.

A free event, sponsored by San Juan Island's Jan Murphy, the talk and slideshow presentation begins at 7 p.m. and is open to the public, and includes complimentary food and beverages, reception with Morgan follows.

For information about Animals Asia, visit




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