"We've all heard about aerial hunting of wolves in Alaska and other questionable hunting practices, but none can compare to the blatant atrocities committed against America's black bear population. Forget hunting for sport, or food. These are the worst kind of profiteers: poachers who roam America's forests slaughtering black bears merely to remove and sell their gallbladders! It is time to protect these majestic creatures from this unacceptable horror. Congress must put an end to the trade in bear parts."
— Rife Sibley, who played a bear poacher and bear parts smuggler in the film The Honeysting READ FULL ARTICLE
A book I would love to read: Shadow of the Bear: Travels in Vanishing Wilderness
by Brian Payton (2006)
Journalist and novelist Brian Payton traveled around the world to China, Cambodia, Italy, India, and elsewhere to see the eight remaining species of bear in their habitats. Most of these species are threatened or endangered worldwide, and a major accelerant of their demise is, unsurprisingly, human activity, including poaching and habitat destruction. Payton—inspired by a dream in which he was teaching a spectacle-wearing bear (as distinct from the spectacled bear of the Andes) to read—felt compelled to investigate these animals who have figured so largely in human mythology and experience. His trips brought him encounters with the sad and exploited bears held captive by the bear-gall trade in China; the black bears of Colorado, revered by Native Americans and threatened by trophy hunters; the beloved polar bears of Canada; and more. Shadow of the Bear tells of his adventures across the globe, and as such stands as both a travel book and an exploration of human relationships with these much-appreciated and yet much-abused animals.
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I visited the Tiger Temple in Thailand & later found out it is under investigation for tiger trafficking and animal abuse. Read full story. In 2015 it was raided. More than 100 tigers and protected bird species in Wat Pa Luang Ta Bua, popularly known as the Tiger Temple in Kanchanaburi province were impounded by authorities following complaints that the temple was alleged to engage in illegal wildlife trading.
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