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It's not surprising many people love bears. They've been a depicted in children's literature and by plush playmates for over a century.

Exploiting caged bears for their bile ducts is hardly the stuff of fairy tales, but it is a horrific reality for untold thousands of Asiatic black and sun bears in China and southeastern Asia.

As estimated by Animals Asia [1], more than 10,000 bears are subjugated to the torture of bile farms in China, with at least a tenth that many held in Vietnam. The bears in these farms are drained of their bile, day after day, through unsanitary and painful catheters connected to the gall bladder that often leave the bears with infection and pain.

Some of the animals have never even seen the outside of a cage, and those that do live long enough to near the 30-year life expectancy, often spend every second of it suffering.

The bile is used for a variety of remedies and household products, although only its key ingredient, ursodeoxycholic act, has only been found beneficial to humans in a limited amount of liver conditions, The Guardian [2] reports. There is also no shortage of more effective alternatives. Kaibao Pharmaceuticals, for example, a major supplier of bear bile medicines, is transitioning to a synthetic alternative with the financial help of the government.

According to National Geographic [3], while bear bile farming was banned in Vietnam in 2006, the practice of poaching moon bears and transporting them to neighboring Laos for farming has grown tremendously. And in China, there are even fewer regulations surrounding bear bile farming, which is expected to grow if protections for the bears and a ban on exploiting them for their bile are not soon established.

Sign to demand China's Ministries of Commerce and Agriculture ban bear bile farming in the country, once and for all.

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Dear Leaders of the Ministries of Commerce and Agriculture of China,

The practice of exploiting Asiatic black bears and sun bears for their bile is of an outdated and nightmarish design, yet it is estimated that as many as 12,000 bears are still kept in tight cages in China, hooked up to unsanitary catheters, and left with open sores and infection.

Some of the animals have never even seen the outside of a cage, and those that do live long enough to near the 30-year life expectancy, often spend every second of it suffering.

The curative properties of bear bile are widely overstated, and easily replicated by synthetic medicines that do not involve the torture of a quickly disappearing species. Kaibao Pharmaceuticals, for example, a major supplier of bear bile medicines, is transitioning to a synthetic alternative with the financial help of your government.

Bears are not meant to be crushed into cages to be drained like blood bags, but that's exactly what you are allowing while bear bile farming is still permitted n China. Please stand up for the animals of your country, before it is too late.

I implore you to ban bear bile farming throughout China, immediately.

Sincerely,

Petition Signatures


Jul 21, 2018 Charlotte Frampton
Jul 21, 2018 Roberta R Czarnecki
Jul 21, 2018 Kara Pomeroy
Jul 19, 2018 O C Oliveira
Jul 19, 2018 Kate Evans
Jul 19, 2018 Donna Parker
Jul 19, 2018 Beau Ryba
Jul 19, 2018 Nadine Duckworth
Jul 19, 2018 Laura Krause
Jul 19, 2018 Cynthia Samonte
Jul 19, 2018 kim runnoe
Jul 18, 2018 Patricia Lewis
Jul 17, 2018 Ianto Anglesey Defenders.org
Jul 15, 2018 Marlisa James
Jul 14, 2018 mary blanford
Jul 13, 2018 felipe guillen
Jul 13, 2018 Donna Salisbury
Jul 12, 2018 irina antoshkina
Jul 11, 2018 Joee Tretter Ban the bile farming- so cruel.
Jul 6, 2018 Lawrence Toush
Jul 5, 2018 Etelvina Serrano
Jul 5, 2018 Arlette SIMON
Jul 5, 2018 jackie lewthwaite
Jul 1, 2018 Christina Lane
Jun 30, 2018 Sherie Riley
Jun 30, 2018 Harold and Phyllis Chelgren Please end the torture of bears for their bile. More effective medicines are available.
Jun 29, 2018 Lynn Hansen
Jun 29, 2018 Nails Kirby
Jun 29, 2018 Lyn Short
Jun 29, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jun 29, 2018 Vicki Hambrick
Jun 29, 2018 christine Henri
Jun 29, 2018 Susan Hogarth
Jun 29, 2018 John Dalla
Jun 29, 2018 Debra Giannetti This is now the 21rst century. There is no reason that any creature should be tortured & exploited for backwards 'medicinal' remedies
Jun 29, 2018 Barbara Miles
Jun 29, 2018 Bill and Fran Stenberg
Jun 29, 2018 ANGELIQUE MCCLEAN
Jun 28, 2018 Vicky Chan
Jun 27, 2018 Janet Ginepro
Jun 26, 2018 Jacklyn Yancy
Jun 26, 2018 MARY willcutt
Jun 26, 2018 JO Daiber
Jun 24, 2018 Marc Ochs sadistische Drecks- Asiaten......
Jun 21, 2018 Muriel BOU
Jun 19, 2018 Gino Czaster
Jun 17, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jun 17, 2018 Maria Rainho
Jun 13, 2018 Rick Hodorowich
Jun 13, 2018 Paula Carol This is sick and people wonder just how depraved you can get. Do you people have a soul or a conscience? If so, stop your stupid practices. Leave the innocent bears and other animals alone. Ban bear bile farming in your entire country.

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