The proposed rescues will see Animals Asia's Vietnam Bear Rescue Centre return to full capacity despite the completion of two new double bear houses in November 2014.
Animals Asia is committed to building a fifth double bear house with enclosures on the site, a move which was delayed by an attempted eviction of the facility in 2012.
While there will be den space for all the rescued bears, until the new double bear house with enclosures is funded and completed it is expected around 16 bears are unlikely to have access to external enclosures. However, they can begin their rehabilitation while fundraising and construction is prioritised.
A skeletal bear at Cau Trang bear farm Animals Asia's Vietnam Director Tuan Bendixsen said:
"The recent meetings marked a complete change in tone. It was the first time that the provincial authorities had declared the bears would be transferred in accordance with a Prime Ministerial Directive from March. The language was very strong and bear bile farmers were left in no doubt that this was not an optional transfer."
Farmers have been informed that any attempt to transfer bears out of the province would meet prosecution while any further bear deaths prior to the rescues would not be tolerated. However, concerns over such actions will remain until the rescues are complete.