"China is the center of the industry and of demand for bear bile products. Bear farming remains legal in China, and at least 10,000 bears are kept in cages on nearly 70 farms." -- Washingtonpost, Jun 2018
"The first known record of the use of bear bile for its medicinal properties comes from a Tang Dynasty document that dates to A.D. 659. But the idea of farming living bears to extract bile originated in North Korea in the early 1980s before rapidly spreading to China, Vietnam and Laos." -- Simon Denyer (Tokyo bureau chief covering Japan, North Korea and South Korea.)
"If you don't know these egregious acts of inhumanity are being perpetrated against bears, how will things ever change? That's the reason I post this stuff. I know it's easier not knowing about this hell on earth suffering but these animals deserve their cries to be heard. The stories of abuse that bears endure -- sometimes for their entire 25 year life -- are beyond comprehension. The abuse is so outrageously painful for these bears that it leaves me both enraged and numb all at the same time. " -- Betsy Seeton, 2011
PHUNG THUONG, Vietnam 2018 -- Inside a row of rusting cages, 15 adult moon bears are imprisoned in varying degrees of apathy and distress. Some lie on their backs in the tiny enclosures, unable even to stretch out; others loll their heads or chew listlessly at the bars of the cage in tortured, repetitive motions.
Every few days, the bears are sedated, a needle is inserted into their gall bladders and bile is extracted to be sold as a cure for ailments as diverse as hemorrhoids and hangovers. More than 20,000 bears are kept, most in appalling conditions, across eastern Asia to satisfy an age-old obsession with the medicinal and magical powers of products culled from exotic animals.
Yet there is a ray of hope for some of these bears, as public awareness of animal cruelty and welfare gradually rises across Asia. "
In 2011, when I first wrote this article, the estimated price of a bear gallbladder on the black market is $10,000 according to Andrew Revelos writing for Marine Corps Base Quantico - Quantico Sentry OnLine. Ounce for ounce, gallbladders have ranked as some of the highest commodities on the black market. In 2009 bear bile was estimated at 2 pounds for $400,000. (Source)
"Last year (2017), Vietnam’s government promised to close down all of its bear farms by 2022, after a pledge by the country’s traditional Chinese medicine community to stop prescribing bear bile products by 2020.
That means bear farming is very clearly coming to an end in Vietnam, “once and for all,” said Jill Robinson, founder of Animals Asia. “I think they realized that both internally and internationally, bear bile farming was becoming a very unpalatable subject.”
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From an interview with Mary Hutton by Claudette Vaughan reported on the ABOLISTIONIST-ONLINE.COM:
The Bear Paw Soup is considered a delicacy in Cambodia. Some bears are taken because the meat is tender. The cub again is taken from the wild, the mother most likely killed. The cubs are put in a cage. This is not a dish specific to Cambodian either. The Koreans, the Japanese, the Chinese, the Taiwanese all go and order their bowls of Bear Paw Soup. The paw is cut off and the stump is sealed in hot coals and on oil to stop the bleeding. That paw is served as a delicacy. It’s called “Braised Bear Paw Soup” served with onions and garlic and it can fetch around US$200-$300 dollars per serve.This has been stopped to a huge extent by a big advertising awareness campaign that we worked with the group “Wild Aid” who are up there as well. 70% of this has now been stopped. There was one restaurant that didn’t comply. He was closed down by the Mayor and threatened with if he serves anything like this again, including any exotic pieces such as tigers, he would not be allowed to reopen. Due to this initiate it’s not very often now that you see a bowl of bear paw soup around on a menu.
If that one bear still survives having it’s paw cut off slowly each paw is taken by other people. Not so much now, because the trade is dying out, but that poor bear will go on until all four paws have gone. The bear then immersed in a boiling hot vat of water because people like to see the bear and ensure the meat is fresh before eating him.
We have made such a fuss about the Cambodian Paw Soup issue however we also know that bears are farmed in Vietnam and are trapped in other sorts of ways. I can tell you it is very distressing.
The paws of a bear are cut off while the bear is alive and used to make bear paw soup....
STRAIGHT FROM http://www.greenmuze.com/animals/wild/768-bear-bile-farming.html
Posing as buyers and suppliers in the illegal wildlife trade, eco warriors have taken hidden cameras where some of the most heinous crimes against nature are taking place: on bear bile farms in China.
Other Earth saviors have packed unhidden cameras when they've gone on rescue missions to record the conditions of the bears they save and the ones they have to tragically leave behind.
I urge each of you reading this to help in the campaign to end this abuse by passing along this link and other information from organizations dedicated to saving bears. Also sign petitions, write letters, and reach out in your own creative way. The thought of cutting off the paw of a bear for 'bear paw soup' leaves me so disillusioned by the humans on both ends of the supply/demand chain. Who would cage these beautiful animals for a lifetime to take bile from them while the animals suffer unimaginably? Do your part to shine a light on these egregious acts of inhumanity.
FROM: World Society for the Protection of Animals
The reality of bear farming is that an estimated 14,000 bears (this was posted in 2011 and in 2018, the Washington Post states the number has risen to 20,000) are being kept in tiny cages across Asia, starved and dehydrated, and milked for their bile. The bile removed from farmed bears is thick and infected, containing blood, pus, urine and faeces and is collected in unsterilised basins.
Many of these endangered species are captured illegally from the wild. Some are drugged, restrained and have their abdomens jabbed with unsterilised four inch needles until their gall bladders are punctured to release the bile. Others are milked through open infected abdominal wounds, or catheters made from latex or rusty metal.
They are pumped full of antibiotics and other drugs just to keep them alive. Most of them develop massive infections, multiple diseases and malignant tumours that ultimately kill them. They are often kept in tiny cages for up to 30 years – the space is so small that they can’t even turn around."
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The unimaginable horrors for bears as the demand for bear paw soup continues .... READ MORE
Herbal Alternatives from the World Society for the Protection of Animals
In parts of Asia, bears are farmed for their bile in appallingly cruel conditions. Once extracted, the bile is used in some Traditional Asian Medicines. Read More
WSPA (World Society for the Protection of Animals) is working with the Traditional Asian Medicine (TAM) community to end the use of bear bile by promoting effective herbal and synthetic alternatives.
The bile tradeBears are the only mammals to produce large amounts of ursodeoxycholic acid (UDCA), the active ingredient in bear bile.
Bear farms emerged in the 1980's as a cost effective way to meet the demand for UDCA, which has been used to treat kidney problems and stomach and digestive disorders.
More recently bear bile has been added to non-medicinal products such as wine and shampoo.
Since the 1980's, the number of bears farmed in Asia has increased. Official figures from the region show around 12,000 bears are held in farms.
The conditions are enclosed, barren and lead to physical and mental illness.
"If people realised what is happening, they would be ashamed to be part of the crisis. We don’t want to spend our time catching criminals, we want to stop the crime from happening.” Samuel Wasser, of the University of Washington in Seattle who recently led the study of the of 23 tons of ivory seized over a 12 month period. Read more at International Anti Poaching Foundation.
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Stories of animals from different species peacefully coexisting with one another warms the heart especially at a time when there is so much fighting and killing going on in the world. This made the email circuit, so it might not be new, but still worth viewing a second time!
Debby Cantlon, who plans to release Finnegan, the young squirrel, back into the wild, bottle-fed the infant squirrel after it was brought to her house. When Debby took in the tiny creature and began caring for him, she found herself with an unlikely nurse's aide: her pregnant Papillon, Mademoiselle Giselle -- her dog.
Finnegan was resting in a nest in a cage just days before Giselle was due to deliver her puppies. Debby and her husband watched as the dog dragged the squirrel's cage twice to her
own bedside before she gave birth.
Debby was concerned, yet ultimately decided to allow the squirrel out and the inter-species bonding began. Finnegan rides a puppy mosh pit of sorts, burrowing in for warmth after feeding, eventually working his way beneath his new litter mates.
Two days after giving birth, mama dog Giselle allowed Finnegan to nurse; family photos and a videotape show her encouraging him to suckle alongside her litter of five pups.
Now, Finnegan mostly uses a bottle, but still snuggles with his 'siblings' in a mosh pit of puppies, rolling atop their bodies, and sinking in deeply for a nap. Finnegan and his new litter mates, five Papillon puppies, get along together as if they were meant to.
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MORAL OF THE STORY: Keep loving everyone, even the squirrelly ones...
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Posts by Betsy Seeton
"The animals of the world exist for their own reasons. They were not made for humans any more than black people were made for white, or women created
The source of the quote is Walker's preface to Marjorie Spiegel's 1988 book, "The Dreaded Comparison" . Her next sentence was, "This is the gist of Ms. Spiegel's cogent, humane and astute argument, and it is sound."