The Animals Asia Foundation (AAF) and authorised agencies of the central province of Binh Thuan rescued the last farmed bear in the locality, putting an end to bear bile farming here.

The owner voluntarily handed over the bear, which had been caged for 14 years, to the provincial Forest Protection Department.

With this rescue, Binh Thuan has become the second province, after Thua Thien-Hue, to terminate the practice.

AAF Vietnam Director Dr. Tuan Bendixsen said the owner’s action shows the diminishing market for bear bile.

The 150kg animal will be sent to the Vietnam Bear Rescue Centre, which is home to 110 animals at present, in the northern province of Vinh Phuc.-VNA