Mary can’t bear the suffering
SOUTH PERTH SEEING a bear trapped in a cage in China having its bile painfully removed on TV angered Mary Hutton so much she dedicated her life to saving bears.
The 76-year-old Stirling resident has been saving bears for the past 22 years since she founded Free the Bears in 1993.
In that time, Mary has successfully put an end to the dancing bear tourist trade in India, rescued sun and Asiatic black bears, constructed sanctuaries in three countries and she is not stopping there.
“In Cambodia we managed to build quite a few sanctuaries, just outside Phnom Penh at the Phnom Tamao Wildlife Rescue Centre,” Mary said.
“We have come a long way since we first visited Cambodia in 1998 and have built many sanctuaries for sun bears and Asiatic black bears. Many of those bears come from the illegal wildlife trade, markets and restaurants where they had their paws chopped off for soup,” she said.
Mary is a key speaker at the Perth Zoo’s Wild Women event this week with all proceeds going to help Perth Zoo save wildlife.
“Our next project will be to build a new bear sanctuary in Vietnam, which will cost about half a million dollars, so we will be looking for sponsors and donations.
“People are welcome to individually sponsor a bear for a year or six months and follow their progress,” she said.