Freedom Moon

Animals Asia Foundation / 124 pages

For 10 years, the Animals Asia Foundation has made it its mission to rescue and rehabilitate majestic moon bears from cruel bear bile farms in China and Vietnam. In celebration of the many success stories and in memory of the losses, Animals Asia has released a picture book of the bears that have touched their lives and were given a chance at a life free of pain and torture. 

Freedom Moon is a beautiful documentation of the bears who were rescued following agreements with Chinese and Vietnamese farmers to retire the cruel practice and relinquish their licenses. Pre-rescue images of horrifically compromised bears in cages, hooked up to bile extracting catheters, are juxtaposed with post-rescue images of carefree bears socializing in the lush sanctuary. 

This inspiring book proves that if there’s a will, there’s a way, and it’s never too late for a new beginning. The rebounding spirit of the bears, many of whom wear evidence of years of agony, is truly breathtaking. 

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