Sarah Akers - Animals Asia
Animals Asia are working tirelessly to put an end to the barbaric bear bile trade which sees over 10,000 bears kept on bile farms in China, and, according to official figures, around 800 suffering the same fate in Vietnam. We have rescued over 600 bears, caring for them at our award-winning bear sanctuaries in China and Vietnam.
We also work to end the trade in dogs and cats for food in China and Vietnam, and lobby to improve the welfare of companion animals, promote humane population management and prevent the cross-border export of "meat dogs" in Asia. We also campaign for an end to abusive animal practices in zoos and safari parks in Asia, and work closely with governing authorities to improve animal management and increase awareness of the welfare needs of captive animals.
I have been involved with animal welfare since as far as I can remember, from adopting lost and abandoned teddy bears as a child in the '60s, holding sponsored events and showing educational films at school on behalf of the then anti-vivisection society, to researching into alternatives to animal experimentation as a post graduate.
I have been a supporter of Animals Asia for over 10 years and have travelled to their award winning bear sanctuary in Chengdu, China to see their inspirational work at first hand.
Currently I am involved with the mid-Kent Animals Asia supporters group as a volunteer, which raises funds and awareness locally for the charity. I have been a vegetarian for some 12 years and a vegan for 3 years. Qualifications: BSc, MPhil, PhD. Age 58. One teenage son and a recently rescued Portuguese street dog named Rolo