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August 15, 2010

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From Born Free

Across North America, black bears have been found with gallbladders removed, paws chopped off, and bodies left to rot, all to satisfy a demand in Asian communities both here and abroad. A gallbladder might fetch thousands of dollars on the black market, making it as valuable by weight as gold or illicit drugs.

In the U.S., the current patchwork of state laws that addresses the bear parts trade creates a wildlife law-enforcement nightmare. Thirty-four states prohibit trade in bear gallbladders and bile; five states allow it freely; and the others either have no regulations or restrictions that prohibit trade in bear parts from bears taken within the state but allow commercialization of bear parts if the bear is killed elsewhere. Since it is fundamentally impossible to tell a California bear gallbladder from a Pennsylvania bear gallbladder, this regulatory inconsistency makes national bear protection extremely difficult.

The Bear Protection Act, H.R. 3480, would prohibit the import, export, and interstate commerce in bear viscera and products that contain or claim to contain bear viscera.

If passed, this bill would assist wildlife law-enforcement efforts while creating a sound national policy against the trade in bear gallbladders and bile. Although twice passed by the Senate in recent years, the bill has been stymied time and again by the National Rifle Association and its associates who defiantly resist any positive movement to protect American wildlife from poachers’ bullets — yet this is an issue not about sport hunting but about poaching and commercializing wildlife. H.R. 3480 has again been introduced into the House.

To voice your support of this very important piece of legislation, please write your Representative and urge him or her to co-sponsor this bill.

Important Note:
Congress is now out of action until after Labor Day for its annual August recess. This makes it the perfect time to meet your Senators and Representative in their District offices where you live. Contact if you need help identifying these locations.

Message Text:
I wish to voice my strong support for the Bear Protection Act, H.R. 3480. This bill has again been introduced into the House and I urge you to co-sponsor this bill and do all you can to ensure that it passes expeditiously.

The Bear Protection Act, if enacted, would prohibit the trade in bear gallbladders and bear bile, which are highly sought after in the black market wildlife trade.

Demand for bear parts has already decimated Asian bear populations including the endangered Asiatic black bear. Recent research shows that bear gallbladders and bile are being sold on both legal and illegal markets in the United States. Gallbladders from North American bears are being obtained illegally and either fraudulently marketed here or exported, while gallbladders and prepared products containing bile from endangered Asian bears are brought into the U.S. illegally and sold, primarily for use in traditional Asian medicine.

Across North America, black bears have been found with gallbladders removed, paws chopped off, and bodies left to rot, all to satisfy a demand in Asian communities both here and abroad. A gallbladder might fetch thousands of dollars on the black market, making it as valuable by weight as gold or illicit drugs.

Thank you in advance for your willingness to co-sponsor this bill, which is of vital and urgent importance to me and, of course, to all bears who may be targeted for their organs.

Immediate: Please sign Stop the Trade in Bear Parts or click on the picture.


11 Comments leave one →
  1. August 15, 2010 8:58 pm

    This IS a crime and the punishment should fit the crime!


  2. Lee permalink
    August 15, 2010 9:34 pm

    Utterly disgusting. I don’t care if it sounds racist, the majority of Asians do not care about animals. The animal cruelty in countries such as Vietnam, Korea, Japan and China has to be seen to be believed. That they’re now decimating bear populations in other countries surprises me not at all!


  3. Mary Beth permalink
    August 15, 2010 10:06 pm

    These are God’s creature’s, not man’s. If you have any respect for God, why would you commit this terrible act. It’s so greedy!


  4. August 16, 2010 2:54 am

    stop thits now


  5. John R permalink
    August 16, 2010 5:41 am

    We do these horrible acts because the story depicted in the Bible tells us we have a right to. Have you read that book? That’s right, god tells man to conquer and subdue the Earth and all its creatures. It’s not the first time this story was told, it’s the same story we’ve been telling ourselves for 10,000 years: creation ended with man, the Earth was a gift from god(s)…doesn’t matter who tells it, it’s a story that is killing us as certainly as we have been abusing the Earth and all its creatures…of which we are one, not some special divine species placed here by a god or gods.

    These acts happen because of “God”, not in spite of “him”.


  6. Ann(usa) permalink
    August 19, 2010 3:54 pm

    These bears get no medical attention and have infected openings. these people should use their own bile from humans not bears kept in captivity, they are in lots of pain can you imagine someone keep digging intoyour stomach that has been hurting. they are mentally
    deranged and need help stop messing with the bears and mother nature. what does bile do really anything to make money whatever it takes, tell them to use viagara sick people.


  7. terezia ildiko fogarasi permalink
    August 23, 2010 3:52 am

    must be stop it


  8. February 13, 2011 11:54 am

    John R.
    “These acts happen because of “God”, not in spite of “him”.”

    “The Chinese religions are family-oriented and do not demand the exclusive adherence of members. Some scholars doubt the use of the term “religion” in reference to Buddhism and Taoism, and suggest “cultural practices” or “thought systems” as more appropriate names.[1] The questions of who should be called religious in China, and what religion or religions they should be called are up to debate.

    Generally, the percentage of people who call themselves religious in China has been the lowest in the world.”

    John, I’m not quite getting your rationale between religion, bile farms in Asia and the market for bear bile in Asian communities worldwide.


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