In Asia, bears have been captured or raised on bear farms for their bile. The method that is used is a cruel and painful procedure. It is then sold on as a traditional medicine.
The captive bears are usually in filthy and cramped conditions, with cages often the size of phone booths.
The industry is often run by people who have no veterinary qualifications, and have little to no concern for the animal’s welfare. There are some bears that face this cruelty for the rest of their lives, which can mean 20 years of torture, that is if the bear doesn’t die from infection, tumors, or self-inflicted wounds.
Activists attempt to end bear farm tourism in China:
A group called World Animal Protection, working with Green Korea United, said on its Web page: “We are reaching the final stages of our campaign to end the cruel bear bile industry in South Korea, working in partnership with Green Korea United. As of the end of June, we have successfully facilitated the sterilization of 557 captive bile bears in South Korea. This has been achieved by working together with our local partner Green Korea United.”
S. Korean farmers in bitter dispute over attempts to end bear-bile industry:
By working together, they have sterilized 946 since 2014, making it over 90 percent of the captive population of bears used for their bile. Only one farmer has not made the commitment, and he has 14 bears. In 2016, the remaining 100 bears on all other farms will be sterilized; this means that 98 percent will have been sterilized by June 2016.
China’s cruel act called bear bile farming:
The Director of Programs for Asia Pacific, Emily Reeves, said in response to the progress: “The agreement by bear farmers to have bears sterilized is a huge development that will stop more bears being born into a lifetime of suffering.
“Although one bear farmer has not agreed to have his bears sterilized, every other bear farmer has committed to this. There will now be no increase in the number of bears on farms, and we will see a gradual decrease.
“We aim to see legislation introduced to make bear farming illegal, but we are in the final stages of the battle against this industry, with the significant step of 98 percent sterilization rates.”
World Animal Protection wrote: “We are committed to ending the suffering of bears, and this progress is a landmark step towards phasing out this cruel and inhumane practice.”
It is sad to think the only way to stop this from happening is to use sterilization, but this cruel practice needs to stop.