Archive for December, 2010

Merry Beary Christmas for Jigsaw


I could never have done this on my own, but together, we have raised the money needed to save and name a Moon Bear at one of Animals Asia Foundation’s sancturaries.

Jigsaw is a very, very lucky bear to have so many people who care about him and who have contributed towards his release from the cruel and barbaric life on a bear bile farm. Together we have given him back his freedom.


No longer will he be imprisoned in a barred cage or living in an enforced solitary confinement.

No longer will he be experiencing daily excruciating pain from the catheter crudely poked into his gall bladder via an open wound in his abdomen through which bile is collected for use in traditional chinese medicine.

No longer will water and food be withheld from him, a regularly-used practise employed to make caged bears more compliant.

No longer will his life be a spiritless, joyless, damaging experience!

With the help of all his wonderful supporters, our beautiful Jigsaw can now look forward to a life:

  • where his health and physical comfort are monitored daily
  • eating healthy and nutritious food
  • playing in a stimulating environment
  • experiencing the company of his new bear friends
  • dreaming contentedly about his newly found Freedom


We are continuing to raise money for Jigsaw’s ongoing needs:

  • ongoing food and medicine requirements
  • supplying & replacing his bear playground (a healthy active bear is happily destructive!)
  • helping fund his hydrotherapy programme (Swimming Pool !!!)

Please JOIN US  in continuing to love and care for Jigsaw in whatever way is needed !

Almost there for our Christmas Bear!

WOW! It’s hard to believe that it’s only just a year since setting up the AAMB website to rescue Jigsaw from his miserable life in a cage on a farm in China or Vietnam. Yet suddenly we have raced towards the finish line – or FREEDOM line – for our beautiful bear. Money has been pouring in this last week and we are but a nose away from adopting Jigsaw!

So one last heartwarming story about fuN-raising. Class 3 at Angaston Primary School in Sth Australia kept their promise to Jigsaw and raised enough for their 3rd piece of the puzzle. They invited their whole school to join in a Teddy (Moon) Bear picnic day, with Best Decorated Bear competition (1st, 2nd & 3rd prizes awarded by a mum) and at lunchtime they had lots of fun activities and games, assisted by their wonderful teacher Ann Watkins.  Ann shares the day’s fun with us below:


“The best race was the one where pairs of students had to race holding a bear between them.  It looked so much fun and there were children who wanted to do it all again. Jigsaw won his medal (first prize) in this race with Isabel and Casey.


“Our Jigsaw is a Moon Bear soft toy that Isabel has been bringing to school. He sits at a group table each week (and can be held by anyone at that table while they are working) and we say “Good Afternoon” to him at the end of each day (before he goes home with Isabel).  Jigsaw has his own hammock in the classroom and sometimes does the school work that the children are doing (they make small exeercise books for him, etc) He is a lot of fun!”

Young Isabel Emmett, who introduced Jigsaw to her classmates created a very poignant reminder of a farmed bear’s miserable life by placing her bear Jigsaw into a “cage”.

Teacher Ann Watkins has continued to be inspired by her pupils’ commitment:  “It’s been a great experience working with this class who have been so motivated about the plight of the Moon Bears.  It’s great to know that the real Jigsaw is not far away!”

“One thing I’ve learned from the children this year is that they really do want to be proactive and make a difference to causes they care about. They also have very good ideas for “funraising” and getting their concerns out to others.”

It’s not long at all now for Jigsaw! So if you have been teetering on the brink of donating, then NOW would be a very good time to join our big happy family who will shortly celebrating Jigsaw’s rescue!