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Animals Asia, Hong Kong

23 May 2011

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Andiappan Yoga Community Partners With Animals Asia

Animals Asia is devoted to ending the barbaric practice of bear bile farming and improving the welfare of animals in China and Vietnam. We promote compassion and respect for all animals and work to bring about long-term change.

More than 10,000 bears – mainly moon bears, but also sun bears and brown bears – are kept on bile farms in China, and around 2,400 in Vietnam. The bears are milked regularly for their bile, which is used in traditional medicine.

Bile is extracted using various painful, invasive techniques, all of which cause massive infection in the bears. This cruel practice continues despite the availability of a large number of effective and affordable herbal and synthetic alternatives.

Most farmed bears are kept in tiny cages. In China, the cages are sometimes so small that the bears are unable to turn around or stand on all fours. Some bears are put into cages as cubs and never released. Bears may be kept caged like this for up to 30 years. Most farmed bears are starved, dehydrated and suffer from multiple diseases and malignant tumors that ultimately kill them.

For more information about bear bile farming, please visit: www.animalsasia.org/hk-en/our-work/end-bear-bile-farming/

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Dr.Yogananth Andiappan

Yogananth Andiappan, was born to India's famous Yoga Guru, Dr. Asana Andiappan. He started learning Yoga from his Father and Guru at the age of two. By the age of thirty, Yogananth is well qualified in the field of Yoga having completed two diplomas (Yoga and Naturopathy, Yogic Science and Education), a Bachelor and Master of Science in Yoga and Naturopathy from Manonmanian Sundaranar University in Chennai, India. He has completed his Ph.D thesis on the effect of yoga therapy and natural yogic diet on cancer patients with the Tamil Nadu Physical Education and Sports University in India. He not only has won many State, National and International Titles in Yoga Championships but has also given workshops, demonstrations and conducts Teacher Training across different countries including Hong Kong, Taiwan, China, Singapore, Korea, Malaysia, Thailand, Australia and France. He is also appointed as the 'Honorary Professor' at Zhangzhou University in China. His contribution in the field of yoga from the very young age was appreciated by two presidents of India. Dr. A. P. J. Abdul Kalam and Smt.Pratibha Devisingh Patil. Yogananth specializes in Thirumoolar's Ashtanga Yoga and Hatha Yoga. His passion and mission in life is to spread the benefits of Yoga to all those who are interested and open to its philosophy. In addition, he wishes to continue his research on the countless Asanas and its benefit. Yogananth published a high quality coffee table yoga book called 'Yoga from the Heart', and recently launched a DVD titled 'Thirumoolar's Ashtanga Yoga' which is a DVD for home practice. He is the Founder and Director of Anahata Yoga. a professional Yoga Centre in Hong Kong.

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