Asian bear farming: breaking the cycle of exploitation (warning: graphic images)

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In the forests of Asia, are being captured. These captives will be sent to bear farms, most unregulated and illegal, where they will be kept alive in a small cage, locked away for life. Their bodies will be used as renewable natural resources, from which profit will be made through the extraction of internal organs and fluids. By surgically inserting a permanent catheter into the ’ gall bladders, “farmers” extract several ounces of their bile. In a cycle of exploitation across east Asia, traditional medicine shops receive these daily shipments of products, while consumers support the industry through the purchase of these products, sustaining a supply-and-demand chain that puts more and more in cages as wild populations dwindle.

Sun bear in a cage in . Photo by: Chris R. Shepherd / TRAFFIC Southeast Asia.

Bear cages in Möng La, Shan, Myanmar. Photo by: Dan Bennett.

Capsules from sun bear bile extraction operation in Möng La, Shan, Myanmar. Photo by: Dan Bennett.

An Asian just killed in a market in for its . Photo: Chris R. Shepherd/TRAFFIC Southeast Asia.

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Suze Bex

animalsasia.com Please have a look xxx

Jacques Tremblay

All these chinese and asian medicines are not only big bullshits, with absolutely no scientific basis, but they're also cruel and inhuman. Asia are very techno and modern countries, how this kind of stupidity can continue to exist?

Cindy Cathey Rock

We need to ban all trade with all countries that allow the abuse of wildlife to include caging, killing for body parts, eating or tourism. Barbaric, ignorant customs are no longer part of the new world. No compliance – no trade.

Michele Jankelow

Vile, evil and atrocious!

Rebecca Hillson

omg what is wrong with these people? they are clearly twisted sick and vile..this is just totally wrong on all levels and it has to be stopped!! their country is a disgrace to the human race

Marilyn-Brian Ashman

This Cruel and Sick Pathetic World is full of Demonic Activity!. There is no Hell inside the earth, it's living right here amongst us people, that try to appreciate all creatures, and anything that Nature has given us, including the environment, that is being Anihilated, by Greedy Developers, that are hiring the Poor in the Third World countries, to do,, "Their".. Dirty Work for them !!.
This has to Stop Now !!.

Anne Grice

This is gut wrenching and haunting for any normal person to know about , what kind of humans would find this indescribably cruelty beyond belief to be acceptable? These people have to be the worst subhumans of any race and truly cannot be classified as humans in the true meaning of what a human is supposed to be. This gruelling relentless unimaginable cruelty for the most senseless ignorance cannot be allowed to continue if these countries want to be considered humane! Bear Bile cannot fix human;s problems, you can fix your sickness by first showing a shred of compassion and… Read more »

Kel Kelly
Kel Kelly

Damn filthy bastards and their ridiculous traditions. I truly hate them with everything in me.

Craig Cudworth

Vile, disgusting, cruel, and all in the name of money!

Marilize Anderssen
Marilize Anderssen

This needs to stop! What kind of heart does people have to do something like this? It's wrong how can we stop this? “You can judge a man's true character by the way he treats his fellow animals.” ― Paul McCartney.

Craig Cudworth

Vile, disgusting, cruel, and all in the name of money!

Craig Cudworth
Craig Cudworth

Vile, disgusting, cruel, and all in the name of money!

Lynn Holman

This appalling cruelty to these beautiful bears HAS TO STOP!

Lynn Holman

This appalling cruelty to these beautiful bears HAS TO STOP!

Birgit Seidlich
Birgit Seidlich

How can human beings be so heartless and not see the suffering of these beautiful animals in such awful cages.