An entry by the talented Ms. Kristin Arnim, 2028, regarding the use of the bear as a symbol for the Olympics. Pls note all images belong to Ms. Arnis, and we sincerely thank Animals Asia for use of their footage and photography. thank her for the effort and beauty she gives to this cause,.
The moonbear has been chosen as a mascot for the 2018 Winter Olympics, to be held in PyeongChang, South Korea.
However, the harsh reality for thousands of these
bears is dark: trapped inside small cages for most of
their lives –waiting to be slaughtered for their bile.
South Korea has 39 of these farms, and the bears’ lives look starkly different from the bubbly cartoon mascot.
The moon bear is a sub-species of the Asiatic black bear, found all over Asia. Their natural habitat is forests and mountains. But wild numbers have dramatically decreased due to habitat loss and poaching for bile farms. Though bear bile has no proven medical benefits, South Korea — as well as China and Laos — still allow bile farms to legally operate.
Please check out and share this infographic to show your concern and support of the moon bear!