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The practice of exploiting Asiatic black bears and sun bears for their bile is of an outdated and nightmarish design, yet it is estimated that as many as 12,000 bears are still kept in tight cages in China, hooked up to unsanitary catheters, and left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


Apr 15, 2018 LUCY JENSON
Apr 14, 2018 Jaana Pajulintu
Apr 14, 2018 Lisa Whipple
Apr 14, 2018 Lori Nightingale
Apr 14, 2018 Paul Carver
Apr 14, 2018 Louise Simone
Apr 11, 2018 Lisa vasta
Apr 10, 2018 Barbara Jacobs
Apr 10, 2018 Staci Anderson
Apr 10, 2018 Linda Cummings This is absolutely disgusting and terribly cruel and the people who do this are medieval barbarians. We need to protect these innocent animals from these soulless ghouls.
Apr 10, 2018 Shawnda Drennen-Schwartz
Apr 9, 2018 Sandra Beall
Apr 7, 2018 Ecaterina Dimitriu No more bears and other animals for medicine for humans. The plants are better and the animals shall be protected!
Apr 7, 2018 Alson Sachs
Apr 7, 2018 Andreas Sachs
Apr 7, 2018 Erika Fromme
Apr 7, 2018 Sinje Fromme-Sachs
Apr 7, 2018 Anne-Marie Henkes
Apr 6, 2018 KAREN WASSING
Apr 6, 2018 Barbara Beierl
Apr 6, 2018 Brigitte Gutz
Apr 6, 2018 G. Tompkins
Apr 6, 2018 Susan Lanes
Apr 5, 2018 Ingrid Braunschweig Stoppt diese sinnlose Quälerei und Folter...
Apr 5, 2018 Inga Frauke Majer
Apr 5, 2018 Charlene Henley
Apr 5, 2018 Robert Wolpa
Apr 5, 2018 DEBBIE CONRAD
Apr 5, 2018 Carmen Blakely
Apr 5, 2018 Fran Metje
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Apr 5, 2018 Mary Cook
Apr 5, 2018 Maureen Wheeler
Apr 5, 2018 Catherine Williams
Apr 5, 2018 Cassandra Santiago
Apr 5, 2018 Siegrid Berman
Apr 5, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Apr 5, 2018 Peg Coogan
Apr 4, 2018 Nancy Wein
Apr 4, 2018 Brenda Raus
Apr 3, 2018 Megan Speight
Mar 31, 2018 Mary Smith
Mar 31, 2018 virginia green
Mar 30, 2018 Anne Boleyn
Mar 29, 2018 Donna Johnson
Mar 29, 2018 cathy king
Mar 29, 2018 Rosalinde Katz
Mar 29, 2018 Jánosné Sebők
Mar 29, 2018 Marleen Neus
Mar 28, 2018 Jane Davidson

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