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The practice of exploiting Asiatic black bears and sun bears for their bile is of an outdated and nightmarish design, yet it is estimated that as many as 12,000 bears are still kept in tight cages in China, hooked up to unsanitary catheters, and left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


May 22, 2018 Tiffany Schad
May 22, 2018 Gerald Ryan
May 22, 2018 Lori Grochowski
May 22, 2018 KATHLEEN TENNYSON
May 22, 2018 Charmaine McCarroll
May 22, 2018 Lauren Madican
May 21, 2018 Kathy Dorr
May 21, 2018 Cathleen Cascia
May 21, 2018 Tina Collins
May 21, 2018 Diane Parks
May 21, 2018 ILeana Sune
May 21, 2018 (Name not displayed)
May 21, 2018 Melissa Masters
May 21, 2018 michelle dorado
May 21, 2018 (Name not displayed)
May 21, 2018 Patti Mealy
May 21, 2018 Rama Bharadwaj
May 21, 2018 Robert Thomson
May 21, 2018 stacy brainard
May 20, 2018 Sue White
May 16, 2018 Sabrina Lester-Granger
May 16, 2018 sandra zontrop
May 16, 2018 Nicola Marsden
May 15, 2018 Ann Conney
May 15, 2018 Leslie Vanlessen
May 15, 2018 Petra Stadtmueller
May 14, 2018 judith goldberg This is an outdated and false belief. The government must educate its own people so that this cruel tradition and belief can be changed and the lives of bears can be spared extreme pain. This practice is unacceptable in this day and age.
May 14, 2018 Naia Vincent
May 14, 2018 Anne Prost
May 14, 2018 Darlene Kosar
May 13, 2018 Ellen Grossman
May 12, 2018 (Name not displayed)
May 11, 2018 Jeane Casey It's just horrible and cruel how they treat these poor bears for their form of "medicine". Synthetic medicines work just as well. Release the bears from such torture!
May 11, 2018 Becky Tank
May 11, 2018 Celina Silva
May 9, 2018 Corinne WOITIEZ
May 9, 2018 Lynne Minore
May 7, 2018 VANESSA MANGIARANO
May 3, 2018 Linda Millemaci
May 3, 2018 Lisa Saunders
May 1, 2018 Anais Cudel
Apr 30, 2018 Gabriele Jefferson
Apr 29, 2018 Birgit Ditto
Apr 29, 2018 Linda Payne
Apr 27, 2018 suzanne caruso
Apr 23, 2018 Christine Fernando
Apr 22, 2018 Eva Avrampou
Apr 22, 2018 m Barbour
Apr 21, 2018 Sabrena Adams
Apr 20, 2018 Lisbeth Donahoe

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