Founded in 2013, Babes for Bears is a non-profit group of models and performers with a passion for ending bear bile farming in Asia. We seek to raise awareness by bringing attention to this barbaric and unnecessary practice, and also to help raise money for AnimalsAsia, a fantastic organization that helps to shut down bile farms and rehabilitate the rescued animals at bear sanctuaries in China and Vietnam.
AnimalsAsia has had a amazing year of tremendous accomplishments, but need all of the financial assistance they can get right now. There are even more rescued bears to rehabilitate and care for at the sanctuaries. In addition to food, shelter, and climbing structures, many of these animals require extensive medical and dental procedures. The funds raised go directly to helping the bears in a variety of ways. Every dollar counts. From tasty pots of honey to gall bladder surgery, AnimalsAsia uses this money to make sure each bear is happy and healthy for the rest of their days. Check-out AnimalsAsia.org for more info!
Putting this year’s calendar together has been a delight. So many wonderful models, performers, and photographers have eagerly jumped onboard and become involved. We have put together a really terrific team and I know that each of us will do our part to raise awareness as well as funds to send to the bears.
Here's to making a difference in 2016!
Calendar Editor & Babes for Bears Founder
PLEASE BE ADVISED: The 2016 Babes for Bears Calendar contains implied and partial nudity, and is therefore only intended for adults over the age of 18.
Aparte Photography, Pin-Up Perfection Photography, Tiffany Ireland, Cat Tetreault, I.C. Imagery, Poisoned Apple, Dezzart Photography, Kaylin Idora, Heather Glasgow, & MaryBeth Lafferty for the use of your incredible images.
Alex Larente Photography for shooting this year’s cover image, as well as cover models, Dixie Delight, Frenchie, Teresa Marie, Ruby Slickeur, Pennie Belle, & HG Swells.
To all of our calendar models, Miss Georsha CutiePie, Miss Jeannie, Sarah Jayne, Frenchie, Dixie Delight, June Storm, Ruby Roxx, Ruby Slickeur, Candy Coconuts, Roe Butts, Pennie Belle, Lottie Libido, Lola Loops, & Miss Dottie for "baring it for the bears".
Thank you Boo La La Costumes for providing us with the mascot costume.
Babes for Bears in a non-profit organization.
100% of calendar proceeds are donated to AnimalsAsia.
Excerpt from National Geographic.com-
"Meanwhile the Asiatic black bears or Moon bears as they are known because of the distinctive, yellow crescent-shaped marking on their chests, are becoming increasingly scarce in the wild, with thousands still trapped on bear farms. The bears produce bile with high concentrations of Ursodeoxycholic Acid (UDCA) as a natural protection for their liver and to prevent gallstones and illnesses during the long hibernation.
The bile is reputed to cure everything from bruises to cancer, and is notably regarded and consumed as a libido-enhancing tonic and hangover cure throughout Asia. This makes the bears, and their bile, a valuable business commodity, and a target.
Bear-bile farming is illegal in Vietnam and the Moon bear is listed internationally as a critically-endangered species, but this has not halted or even slowed the rampant trade. The bile sells for exorbitant amounts and that means for many Vietnamese “farmers’, giving up the bears they have trapped from the wild, is not an option.
In 2007, when the Vietnamese Government first introduced bear-keeping regulations, those who had micro-chipped bears were allowed to keep them but had to abide by regulations that meant it was illegal to extract bile, sell it or any other bear product
Now there is a real risk that even if the farmers change their minds and hand them over, the bears will have nowhere to go. Instead these bears and thousands more, face the ongoing hell of cramped cages, starvation, torture and pain – the only life they have ever known."