The Calvin Ayre Foundation Teams With WSPA to Eradicate Bear Bile Farming in Asia

    ST. JOHN'S, Antigua, April 11 /CNW/ -- With several promising global
charitable initiatives underway, The Calvin Ayre Foundation announced today a
major project to be carried out in partnership with the World Society for the
Protection of Animals (WSPA).  The Calvin Ayre Foundation, which is
headquartered in Antigua and run by billionaire entertainment mogul Calvin
Ayre, will team with the WSPA to wage an international awareness campaign
about the horrific practice of bear bile farming.
    "It is simply unimaginable, and completely unnecessary, especially
considering that today the bile can be replaced with many alternatives that
don't involve the suffering of bears," says Calvin Ayre, who was recently
selected as one of a handful of international ambassadors to WSPA.  "Animal
welfare is one of our foundation's major areas of focus and we're happy to be
teaming up with one of the best-known and credible animal protection
organizations in the world.  This will be a joint effort to raise the level of
international awareness about the horrific and inhumane methods of bile
extraction and we are confident that we'll see some measurable results in no
time at all."
    Bear bile is believed to have medicinal properties, and the extraction
process has been practiced since the 1980s.  Today, more than 14,000 bears in
China, Korea and Vietnam are kept in appalling conditions, in cages no bigger
than a telephone booth while being subjected to the excruciating procedure of
daily bile extractions.  Some bears live this horrific existence for more than
20 years.  Most of the bears farmed for bile in Asia are Asiatic black bears,
which are an endangered species.
    "The Calvin Ayre Foundation's support will enable us to sustain and
increase our efforts to end the horrific practice of bear bile farming in
Asia," says Peter Davies, Director General of WSPA.  "This partnership will
soon bring significant benefit to the farmed bears that are captive and
suffering in Asia, and I very much welcome it."
    The Calvin Ayre Foundation supports the charitable initiatives of other
organizations, as well as the goals it lays out for its own projects.  Some of
the long-term initiatives the foundation is working on include: The
sponsorship of the higher education needs of underprivileged youths;
constructing schools and sponsoring the educational development of children;
and constructing houses for those who could not afford basic living
essentials.  These programs are at the core of the foundation, which directly
manages its money and the allocation of funds to the various initiatives under
its mandate.

    About the Calvin Ayre Foundation
    The Calvin Ayre Foundation -- which focuses its charitable efforts in
areas, such as education, environment, social development, child welfare and
animal welfare -- was founded in 2004 by billionaire philanthropist, Calvin
Ayre.  The Antiguan-based foundation, which carries a charter to do charitable
work worldwide, was created as a way for Ayre to increase the size and scope
of the charitable projects he carried out throughout the previous decade.  The
Calvin Ayre Foundation is now actively involved in charitable initiatives in
the Philippines, Vietnam, Costa Rica, Antigua and North America, and plans on
increasing its presence in several other regions of the world in 2007.  For
more information, contact 1-866-591-0217, or

    About World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA)
    The World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA) works to raise the
standards of animal welfare throughout the world.  WSPA holds consultative
status with the United Nations and observer status with the Council of Europe,
and is the world's largest international federation of welfare organizations.
Headquartered in the UK with offices in 13 countries, WSPA works towards
building a united global animal welfare movement with compassion and action
through partnerships with 736 animal organizations in 146 countries.

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