TINS have been rattling in Stratford to collect cash to stop animal cruelty in Asia.
The town’s shoppers were called on to donate to Animals Asia – an international animal protection charity set up to save bears and other animals from cruelty – and a total of £565.25 was raised on Saturday (September 16).
Regional co-ordinator Christine Coldrick said: “We’re absolutely delighted at the fantastic amount we collected and the support we received from the public.
“Animals Asia was founded in 1998 to protect and rescue moon bears, who are kept in tiny cages and appalling conditions in some parts of Asia, so they can be used for the agonising extraction of bile from their gall bladders for use in traditional medicine.
“The government of Vietnam has agreed to end bear bile farming there, and Animals Asia is raising funds to build another sanctuary for the bears, to add to the two it has already.
“The charity has also extended its activities to the welfare of cats and dogs in south-east Asia, where they are often abandoned and sometimes sold in meat markets, and to the protection of animals in zoos and safari parks, where they often suffer abuse.”
For more information visit www.animalsasia.org