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”.

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