In 2005, the Vietnamese government announced to phase out bear farming. Whilst commendable steps have been taken since then and bear faming in Vietnam is slowly coming to an end, the country’s most important and prominent city shows hardly any progress at all. Hanoi remains the country’s #1 bear farming hotspot, with more than 135 bears on 24 farms - accounting for 54% of the total bile bears in Vietnam (Feb 2023).
With the end of bear farming in Vietnam in sight, it is more imperative than ever that Hanoi takes action. To end bear farming in Vietnam, we must end bear farming in Hanoi!