Write contest for bear owners: "Give bears a better life"



Bear bile farming has been very common in Vietnam. In 2005, there were more than 4,300 bears in captivity in hundreds of facilities across the country. Over the past 10 years, efforts by authorities, NGOs and the community to end bear bile farming have made significant progress. According to data from the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development of Vietnam, only 800 bears have been kept in farms across the country, down about 80% compared to 2005. Demand for bear bile use also decreased by more than 60%, period 2009 - 2014 according to the latest ENV survey. This shows that Vietnam is on the right track on the way to end the bear farming activities. However, the fight to protect bears only ends when all bear farms in Vietnam are permanently closed, providing a chance of survival for the remaining bears in the wild and helping the bears to escape danger. muscle hunted and killed for consumption of bear bile and other bear products. To do that, BEAR NEEDS US. Show your interest in this adorable animal and take action to change the perceptions of the community, especially bear owners, to ensure a better future for the bears by participating in a writing competition for bear owners entitled "Give the bears a better life" organized by the Nature Education Center (ENV).

Despite significant achievements in the operation to end bear bile farming in Vietnam, the country still has nearly 800 bears in captivity, many times larger than the number of bears left in captivity. nature. The fate of these bears is very much dependent on the attention and consciousness of the community, especially bear owners.

In order to mobilize the attention of the community in the efforts to protect bears as well as to urge bear owners to voluntarily transfer bears to rescue facilities, ENV launched the Write letter to bear owners - "Give the bear better life ”

I. Conditions of participation

To participate in the contest, candidates must meet the terms and conditions listed below.

1. Participants

All secondary and high school students across Vietnam (from 11 to 17 years old)

2. Content and requirements for the entry

- The content of the submissions must focus on writing the letter to the bear owner, encouraging them to voluntarily transfer the bear to rescue centers.
- Submissions must be written by the author himself and have not been entered in other contests or published in the media.
- Entries must be handwritten on A4 size paper, not exceeding 500 words.
- The name of the work and the author's information (name, age, school name, school address, phone) must be clearly shown on the back of the work.
- Each author can submit multiple works.

All submissions will be sent directly to the school administration. The schools will compete based on the number and quality of the test, prioritizing quality factors. Each school will select up to 10 best works to compete individually. To be eligible to participate in the contest, the school must submit all submitted works together with the 10 best papers on ENV.

3. Time

- Submission deadline: postmark on the entry before May 2, 2019
- Announcement of results and awards ceremony (expected): September 2019


II. Prize structure

ENV will award 6 individual awards and 2 collective prizes to the best individuals and schools in the competition.

Prize Number of Notes
First Prize 2 Ipad
Second Prize 2 Tablet
Third Prize 2 Sport bikes
Collective 2 TV

III. Intellectual property rights

ENV is the sole holder of copyright in the submissions, having full access to all submissions for its campaigns and publications.

IV. Address for submissions

Submissions please send to:
Center for Nature Education - ENV
Room 1701, 17T5 building Hoang Dao Thuy, Thanh Xuan, Hanoi

V. Contact

Any questions regarding the contest rules, prize structure and other content please contact:

Bear protection program
Center for Nature Education - ENV
Room 1701, 17T5 building Hoang Dao Thuy, Thanh Xuan, Hanoi
Phone number: 04 46281 5424
Email: env@fpt.vn


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