Hayes & Harlington Gazette
Animal Rescue with Marion Garnett
Dedicated animal expert Marion Garnett, founder of the Ealing Animal Charities Fair, continues her column
CAN you remember what you were doing twenty years ago. In March 2003.
Some readers won’t be able to because they weren’t born. I’ve just been watching a video of five bears being rescued this week by Animals Asia from the small cages they’ve been in since at least 2003. The bears have been called Dawn, Noon, Twilight, Midnight and Chronos by Animals Asia to remind them that every minute, day and night, there are bears suffering on bile farms.
If given the call, Animals Asia are always ready, at a moment’s notice, to rescue the bears and bring them to their sanctuaries.
The call for these bears came to Animals Asia a few days ago from the Forest Protection Department in Vietnam. Five moon bears needed rescuing immediately from a bile farm near Hanoi where they’d been for twenty years.
Not a minute was lost in collecting them. Although, as you can imagine, transporting bears by road is a skilled operation. We’ve talked about this before (Gazette August 18 2021).
Following this example, is it any wonder that when I got a call from our local Animals Asia supporters group to say could they have a larger stall at the Ealing Animals Fair as they have a lot to sell, they were immediately given more space so they can raise more funds for rescues such as this.
Of course, at the Ealing Animals Fair, we also have societies working for animals nearer home. Just one of these charities is the Mayhew in Kensal Green.
At present the gorgeous Luna is in their care. Although she’s only about one year old herself, Luna arrived at the Mayhew with kittens. If you think you could home this friendly girl, see details at themayhew.org.
This is the last column before this year’s Ealing Animals Fair. If you’re coming and haven’t been before, the premises at Hanwell Methodist Church are extensive, so make sure you visit all the rooms/ halls and don’t miss anything.
Don’t forget the speakers include the well-known actor Peter Egan as well as the gold-medal winning garden designer Cleve West. There will also be live music and poetry.
If you like writing, the award-winning poet, Cheryl Moskowitz will be available to talk to you about your writing. You will also be able to make bath bombs with Lush.
The Ealing Animals Fair takes place on Saturday March 4 (10.30am – 4pm) at Hanwell Methodist Church, Church Road, London W7 1DJ. Admission is free. More details at ealinganimalsfair.london.