Starved and dehydrated.
Bleak, cramped cages.
These are the conditions that 10,000 (and counting) Asiatic black bears- an already endangered species-suffer through on a daily basis in Chinese bear bile farms. These bears live in cramped, cruel- ridden conditions in order to be “milked” for their bile. Traditional Chinese Medicine uses the bile and the gall bladders of the bears to craft folk medicine. Bile farmers use cruel, invasive procedures such as the only government authorized “free drip” to remove the bear’s bile. Even though the government has not banned the “free drip” method, the practice is cruel and inhumane because the practice involves permanently puncturing the bear’s abdomen and gall bladder .These brutal practices result in infections, hernias, and tumors. The bears also suffer from starvation, dehydration and are victims of fatal diseases and tumors.
In order to combat bear bile farming, Animals Asia, and organization founded in 1998 by Jill Robinson MBE, Dr med vet hc, Hon LLD – who is “widely recognized as the world’s leading expert on the cruel bear bile industry”- work in 5 key areas: the creation and operation of bear sanctuaries, the surveillance of the bile trade, the reduction in bile demand, public awareness campaigns, and engagement in government and policy.
Currently, Animals Asia has launched their biggest rescue yet and they need our help! Animals Asia is rescuing the 130 bears and their unborn cubs that are currently contained on the bile farm in Nanning, Southern China and creating a place for them in a safe haven. The organization is transforming the bleak, damp, prison-like farm and establishing a sanctuary filled with warm dens and outdoor enclosure to rehabilitate and nurture the tortured bears.
In order to get involved, visit Animals Asia at : https://www.animalsasia.org/us/new-rescue-china/ and help rebuild the lives of the Nanning Bears “Peace by Piece.” Donating only takes one click of the mouse! Spread the word about Animals Asia’s latest rescue and get everyone involved.
About the author:
Originally from Washington D.C, Natasha is an undergraduate at Columbia University. She is currently pursuing an International Relations and Environmental Science track and hopes to study abroad in Paris this summer. When she’s not in the classroom or in the study room of Butler Library, Natasha can be found running through Central Park, exploring NYC, and trying to face time her dog, Buddy.