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On Saturday, May 31 the Southwestern Ontario Animals Asia Volunteer Group will be sponsoring a fantastic day of yoga and movement at Enjoy the Journey Yoga Studio in St. Thomas, "Boogie for Bears" to help put an end to the horrific practice of bear bile farming in China and Vietnam.

More than 10,000 bears are kept on bile farms in China, and around 2,400 suffer the same fate in Vietnam. The bears regularly have their bile painfully extracted. The bile is not only used in traditional medicine but also in many ordinary household products.

Bile is extracted using various painful, invasive techniques, all of which cause massive infection in the bears. This cruel practice continues despite the availability of a large number of effective and affordable herbal and synthetic alternatives.

Most farmed bears are kept in tiny cages. In China, the cages are sometimes so small that the bears are unable to turn around or stand on all fours. Some bears are caged as cubs and never released. Bears may be kept caged for up to 30 years. Most farmed bears are starved, dehydrated and suffer from multiple diseases and malignant tumors that ultimately kill them.

Animals Asia works to put and end to the horrific practice of bear bile farming in China and Vietnam. Founded in 1998, the Animals Asia team has been rescuing moon bears since 1994 and is the only organization with a bear sanctuary in China.

"Boogie for Bears" will include a day of gentle yoga and movement with six different instructors, with beach glass jewelry, and more for sale. All proceeds will benefit Animals Asia.

Boogie for Bears
Saturday, May 31, 2014
Enjoy the Journey Yoga Studio
456 Talbot Street, St. Thomas, Ontario
(park and enter in the rear of the building, 2nd floor)
$10 per 40 minute class / $25 for day
Registration: Call Brenda 519-319-2378
9am - drumming (with djembe drums) and gentle yoga
10am, 12, 1pm, 2pm - gentle yoga
11am - Zumba

The Southwestern Ontario Animals Asia Volunteer Group welcomes new members. Interested individuals can contact Colleen Burns at 519-782-4417 or email

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