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The life of 7,000 black bears in mainland China
bears; black bear; China; trade; medicinal; bear farms; mistreatment
On December 20, the Hong Kong's Wenwei News exposed the maltreatment of more than 7,000 black bears in Mainland China. Traditional Chinese medicine considers the bile salts of bear gallbladders to be a very powerful medicine.
Internationally, black bears are classified as a protected animal. According to the report, there are at least 200 private bear farms in China. It is estimated that more than 7,000 black bears are kept in these farms, and each one of them is maltreated and kept in appalling conditions.
Assisted by the Animals Asia Foundation, the Wenwei reporter visited many private bear farms over a 3 month period, gaining an inside view and uncovering the tip of the iceberg of this bloody business. The animals are caged in dark sheds, and locked in rusted iron cages. Each bear has a metal box attached to it, connecting a rubber tube from it's gallbladder to a bag. The bears' bile goes along this tube drip by drip. And the tube is not changed until the bear dies. ...