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An Apology to Animals Asia

FOUR PAWS extends a sincere apology to our colleagues at the Animals Asia Foundation (AAF) for unknowingly using AAF pictures, and thus without their prior permission. The pictures of metal catheters used to extract bile from bears were sourced by FOUR PAWS’ UK picture agency and featured in our latest direct mail appeal with a description, that was not suited to the context. Both the agency and FOUR PAWS were of the understanding that the images were available for our use, but this apparently was not so and we regret that we inadvertently used them without the necessary permission.


Animals Asia and our other colleague organisations in the Bear Task Force are striving to end cruelty to bears in the bile industry. We greatly respect their work and value our good relationships, our common aim being to protect bears from the cruelty of this abhorrent industry.