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The practice of exploiting Asiatic black bears and sun bears for their bile is of an outdated and nightmarish design, yet it is estimated that as many as 12,000 bears are still kept in tight cages in China, hooked up to unsanitary catheters, and left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


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.
Jun 10, 2018 Robert & Virginia Ilardi
Jun 8, 2018 JerriLyn Miller
Jun 8, 2018 mona boggio
Jun 8, 2018 Lisa Osthues
Jun 8, 2018 Eric Larrivee
Jun 8, 2018 Evangeline Miranda
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Jun 7, 2018 Tirza van der Zande
Jun 7, 2018 Tam Long
Jun 6, 2018 Susan Diller
May 31, 2018 Julie White
May 31, 2018 Corinne FOUQUET
May 29, 2018 Garry Taroli Stop this Cruelty!!!! - The World is watching.---GST.
May 28, 2018 Leisa Baumann
May 25, 2018 Jill Banta
May 24, 2018 Vittorio Renda
May 23, 2018 Barb Breese
May 23, 2018 Carol Dixon
May 22, 2018 Tiffany Schad
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May 21, 2018 Tina Collins
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May 21, 2018 Patti Mealy
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May 21, 2018 Robert Thomson
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May 20, 2018 Sue White
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