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The practice of exploiting Asiatic black bears and sun bears for their bile is of an outdated and nightmarish design, yet it is estimated that as many as 12,000 bears are still kept in tight cages in China, hooked up to unsanitary catheters, and left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


Sep 22, 2017 Vincenzo Taffoni
Sep 22, 2017 Susan Lindsey
Sep 22, 2017 Tara Appleman
Sep 22, 2017 Michelle Cupp I care
Sep 22, 2017 Perrine FRINDEL
Sep 22, 2017 Vanessa Jack
Sep 22, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Sep 22, 2017 Mary Soden
Sep 22, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Sep 22, 2017 Carol Taylor
Sep 22, 2017 S. Urton Treat these creatures as you would like to be treated.
Sep 22, 2017 Linda Mattice
Sep 22, 2017 Shane Hyde
Sep 22, 2017 Erika Agnew
Sep 21, 2017 Kat Klahn
Sep 20, 2017 Kim Anthony
Sep 20, 2017 Maria Dimitropoulou
Sep 20, 2017 Beate Auburn
Sep 19, 2017 Richard Han
Sep 19, 2017 eva schalin
Sep 18, 2017 Karen Moore
Sep 18, 2017 Lorna Wallach
Sep 18, 2017 tammy bullock
Sep 18, 2017 Louise Broderick
Sep 16, 2017 Lola Schiefelbein
Sep 15, 2017 qumars shenasai
Sep 14, 2017 Lauri Moon
Sep 14, 2017 Eve Pro
Sep 13, 2017 Denise Griffin It makes me sick to know that a human being could bring such suffering to these bears. This horrific abuse which caused so much pain is no longer necessary. There are synthetic medicines that eliminate such cruelty.
Sep 12, 2017 Ingrid Bichler
Sep 11, 2017 Liliana Elliot
Sep 11, 2017 Joseph Wenzel
Sep 11, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Sep 10, 2017 Luis Chelotti
Sep 10, 2017 Elvira Antibo
Sep 9, 2017 Julie Matewicz
Sep 8, 2017 Donna Noonan
Sep 8, 2017 Jordan Amelia
Sep 7, 2017 jane cook
Sep 7, 2017 natalie hughes
Sep 7, 2017 George Anderson
Sep 7, 2017 Paula Lall
Sep 7, 2017 Nancy Kimble
Sep 7, 2017 Steven Ripo No animal should torture like this,the myth about what magic there bile has needs to stop,there suffering is caused by ignorant people
Sep 7, 2017 Bonnie McCrimmon
Sep 6, 2017 Fran Daversa
Sep 6, 2017 David Greis
Sep 6, 2017 silke kleinhenz
Sep 6, 2017 Chantal Vagnat
Sep 6, 2017 Kimiko Simpson

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