1,000 doctors in China sign pledge against bear bile

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Raising awareness – reducing demand

Over a thousand doctors in China have signed a pledge not to prescribe bear bile to their patients. The doctors were attending the 8th Shanghai International Forum of Infection Control (SIFIC) which took place in Shandong province.

Animals Asia met with doctors at the event and provided information on the cruelty involved in the bear bile farming industry and the potential health risks of taking infected bile. We asked them to sign a pledge to no longer prescribe bear bile to patients.

Our pledge card states: 

“As a doctor, I care about the health of my patients and I sympathize with the situation of black bears. I will join Animals Asia’s “Healing without Harm” campaign, and will not prescribe bear bile products to my patients in the future.”

On learning about the cruelty to the bears and the condition of the extracted bile, the doctors expressed astonishment, having not realised the nature of the industry and the potential harm to consumers from bear bile products.

Many doctors and hospital directors are now keen to work closely with Animals Asia to present information on bear bile farming to their hospitals to spread the word to medical staff from all departments.

As part of our campaign to end the barbaric bear bile trade, we work on reducing demand – from both the public and industry-related organisations such as pharmacies and hospitals. Reducing demand for bear bile is a vital step in the campaign to end bear bile farming – bear bile products can easily be replaced by herbal or synthetic alternatives, which are cheaper, more readily available and just as effective. 

Toby Zhang, China External Affairs Director, Animals Asia commented: 

“The medical industry is devoted to helping people to be healthy, but prescribing bear bile is not only causing suffering to thousands of bears, it may also be harming the health of patients. It is greatly encouraging that doctors are signing this pledge not to prescribe bear bile in the future, and we hope this will help lead to the end of bear bile farming in China.”

Brother Bear-Bear Bile Farming – YouTube

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A video about the disgusting and cruel bear bile industry and the suffering these innocent creatures go through. Making a bear bile video with this song was just asking to be done. Song No way out by Phil Collins (from the film brother bear)

Footage: Moon Bears Journey to Freedom. Before its too late plight of the asian bear Various bear rescue videos on youtube Jackie Chan PSA on bear bile farming

This video is made to spread awareness about this inhumane practise, no copywrite infringement is intended and no profit is being made from this video

“This always makes me cry, why do we abuse animals for something that belongs to them; we have no right to take it from them. Tests prove, bear bile has nothing medicinal in it, in other words, they are suffering because of past generations misconceptions of bear bile”

via Brother Bear-Bear Bile Farming – YouTube.

Mistreatment Of Bear in Vietnam part (2/2) – YouTube

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“Around 30 bears die each year in Hanoi. To replace the dead animals, poachers scour the country’s few remaining forests to trap the animals and sell to ‘bear raisers’.”

– Hoang Ngoc Can (Director, Law Dept. Hanoi Forestry Service) An estimated 4000 bears are kept illegally in Vietnam‘s flourishing bear farms where they are “milked” for their bile, which is used in traditional medicines and tonics. The active ingredient in bear bile – ursodeoxycholic acid (UDCA) is believed to calm fever and inflammation, improve eyesight, keep the liver healthy and break down gallstones. Despite the current availability of synthetic alternatives, over the last three decades the demand for bear bile has continued to increase. The result has been the introduction of intensive farming of wild bears to supply growing consumer demand.

Two species of bear are found in Vietnam’s bile farms. The majority of the bears are Asiatic Black Bears; Sun Bears are also farmed for their bile in Vietnam.
Most of the farmed bears are believed to have been poached from Vietnam’s forests, or smuggled over the border from Laos. Once a bear is fully grown (at around three years old) the painful bile extraction begins. These adult bears, many of which have lost paws following capture in crude snares, are kept in tiny cages and are forced to undergo painful and dangerous extraction of their bile using a steel catheter that is embedded into its stomach. The cages are designed to be so small that the bears cannot move or turn – this makes the process of milking the bile much easier. Many of the bears have sores, wounds or scars on their bodies from rubbing against the cages.

A bear will stop producing bile between the ages of five to ten years old. They will then be left to die or they are slaughtered for their paws or gall bladders. In Asia, bear paws are still seen as a delicacy and can be found on restaurant menus for a few hundred dollars. Cubs too young to produce adequate quantities of bile may also be slaughtered for their whole gall bladders and paws.
The extracted bear bile – EJF

In the last few years bear bile has become commonplace on menus. Restaurants and cafes in major towns and cities serve bear bile wine, paws and meat. Newspapers openly advertise bear bile and customers are invited to attend bile extractions to verify the authenticity of the product. While demand for “authentic” bear bile remains high, both synthetic and herbal alternative products which contain the active constituent found in bear bile (UDCA) are cheap and readily available.

via Mistreatment Of Bear in Vietnam part (2/2) – YouTube.

 

Mistreatment Of Bear in Vietnam part (1/2) – YouTube

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Uploaded by AnonymousViet on 28 Feb 2009

“Around 30 bears die each year in Hanoi. To replace the dead animals, poachers scour the country’s few remaining forests to trap the animals and sell to ‘bear raisers’.”

– Hoang Ngoc Can (Director, Law Dept. Hanoi Forestry Service) An estimated 4000 bears are kept illegally in Vietnam‘s flourishing bear farms where they are “milked” for their bile, which is used in traditional medicines and tonics. The active ingredient in bear bile – ursodeoxycholic acid (UDCA) is believed to calm fever and inflammation, improve eyesight, keep the liver healthy and break down gallstones. Despite the current availability of synthetic alternatives, over the last three decades the demand for bear bile has continued to increase. The result has been the introduction of intensive farming of wild bears to supply growing consumer demand.

Two species of bear are found in Vietnam’s bile farms. The majority of the bears are Asiatic Black Bears; Sun Bears are also farmed for their bile in Vietnam.

Most of the farmed bears are believed to have been poached from Vietnam’s forests, or smuggled over the border from Laos. Once a bear is fully grown (at around three years old) the painful bile extraction begins. These adult bears, many of which have lost paws following capture in crude snares, are kept in tiny cages and are forced to undergo painful and dangerous extraction of their bile using a steel catheter that is embedded into its stomach. The cages are designed to be so small that the bears cannot move or turn – this makes the process of milking the bile much easier. Many of the bears have sores, wounds or scars on their bodies from rubbing against the cages.

A bear will stop producing bile between the ages of five to ten years old. They will then be left to die or they are slaughtered for their paws or gall bladders. In Asia, bear paws are still seen as a delicacy and can be found on restaurant menus for a few hundred dollars. Cubs too young to produce adequate quantities of bile may also be slaughtered for their whole gall bladders and paws.

The extracted bear bile – EJF

In the last few years bear bile has become commonplace on menus. Restaurants and cafes in major towns and cities serve bear bile wine, paws and meat. Newspapers openly advertise bear bile and customers are invited to attend bile extractions to verify the authenticity of the product. While demand for “authentic” bear bile remains high, both synthetic and herbal alternative products which contain the active constituent found in bear bile (UDCA) are cheap and readily available.

via Mistreatment Of Bear in Vietnam part (1/2) – YouTube.

 

Moon bear rescue – Shandong province, China – Weihai – 19 April 2010 – YouTube

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Moon bear rescue – Shandong province, China – Weihai – 19 April 2010 – YouTube.

眼界 2012 bear bile – Just watch

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Bear Bile Farming – Just watch

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Chinese turn on bear bile farms

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CHINESE farmers who torture caged bears by taking their bile and turning it into medicine are being met with a wave of revulsion from their own people.

Shock figures released last week show that 87 per cent of China’s 1.3 billion population are now against the evil trade.

As many as 20,000 mainly Asiatic black bears are “milked” daily for their bile, either through crude catheters or from holes left permanently open in their stomachs. It is then used to treat ailments like gallstones and liver disease.

Last week the Sunday Express launched a crusade calling for the Chinese Government to ban the practice. Already thousands of readers have signed our petition, which will be delivered to the Chinese Embassy in London. The tidal wave of opposition in China follows a series of embarrassing gaffes by those who support the industry. Fang Shuting, director of the China Association of Traditional Chinese Medicine, sparked anger last week when he claimed the bile collecting process was as harmless as “turning on a tap”.

Express.co.uk – Home of the Daily and Sunday Express | UK News :: Chinese turn on bear bile farms.

Animal Asia – Rescue of Bears from Bear Bile Farm

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http://www.animalsasia.org/index.php?UID=1IVCM5EGRYO

English: Sun Bear Bile Extraction Operation in...

On Tuesday, 29 November 2011, our Vietnam team rescued 14 bears from a bear farm in Bihn Duong province in southern Vietnam, and began the gruelling four-day, 2,000km-plus trip back to our Moon Bear Rescue Centre in Tam Dao National Park in the north.

Please read the story that goes with this and all the video’s.  If you can, please sponsor a bear or donate to the above.


Vietnam latest news – Thanh Nien Daily | Vietnam town to crackdown on bear bile trade

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Vietnam town to crackdown on bear bile trade

Last updated: 1/21/2012 0:40

A bear is held down at a farm in Ha Long Town for bile extraction.

The northern province of Quang Ninh announced this week that it will carry out an inspection into bear farms at the resort town of Ha Long which are notorious for illegal trade of fresh bear bile to tourists.

Provincial leaders have asked the police to cooperate with local agricultural and tourism agencies as well as authorities at the UNESCO heritage town to establish a special mission to arrest and duly punish any people from travel agencies and the bear farms who violate current regulations on nature protection.

via Vietnam latest news – Thanh Nien Daily | Vietnam town to crackdown on bear bile trade.

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