Founded in 1998, Animals Asia is devoted to ending bear bile farming and improving animal welfare across Asia. Sun bears and moon bears on farms are kept in tiny cages and fed starvation-level diets in order to increase bile production. The bile is used in both traditional medicine and normal household products. Animals Asia operates bear sanctuaries in Vietnam and China where they bring rescued bears from bile farms to be rehabilitated. They have signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Vietnamese Government to end bile farming by 2022. In order to achieve this, Animals Asia is building their second bear sanctuary in Vietnam in order to help them rescue as many of the ~400 remaining farmed bears as possible. In 2021, Bently Foundation awarded Animals Asia with a $120,000 grant to help them finish fundraising for phase one of the new sanctuary construction.