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The Horror Behind Bear Bile Farming

August 19, 2010



Imagine waking up day after day inside a cage so small that you cannot stand up in it, or even sit down or crouch on all fours.  You wake up and eliminate your wastes, which you inevitably end up wallowing in all day as it covers your body and eventually dries into a crusty mess.  You look to your left and see others just like you lined up in cage after cage. You look to your right and you see someone advancing toward you with a long, slender tube in one hand and a syringe with a long needle in the other.  You know they are coming for you, just like they did last time.  You know what they are about to do to your body, but you’re unable to escape your imprisonment to flee the pain they will inflict.  You do not understand why they are doing this, but they do.  They are using your body organs to make money.

This is the life that perhaps as many as 13,000 Asiatic Black Bears (also called Moon Bears because of their half-circle chest blaze) endure on a life-long basis in Asian countries like China and Vietnam. Bear farms there are holding these animals captive with only one purpose: to harvest the bear’s bile. This lucrative business sees some of the most inhumane treatment of these majestic creatures, all for a virtually ineffective substance used in traditional Chinese medicine.

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The conditions under which these bears are kept are beyond horrifying. Most are kept in cages barely big enough for the bear’s body. They are not allowed to roam freely. They are confined to the cages for life, which can be as long as 25 years! However, most of these bears do not last that long, succumbing to bacterial infections caused by the extractions and even starvation and disease. To avoid injury during the extraction process, many of the bears’ teeth are pulled out or broken off. The same is done to the animals’ claws, even entire digits may be painfully removed…




11 Comments leave one →
  1. August 19, 2010 4:39 pm

    Why doesn’t anyone walk in there and shoot up the place? Kill every person in there and walk out?


    • Cheryl permalink
      August 19, 2010 5:46 pm

      Not too long ago, I think in China, a guy went into the basement of a building where this bile was being “produced.” It’s kept really dark so he didn’t notice that one of the bears had escaped from the cage and it attacked and killed the worker/owner. I wish I’d felt bad that a ‘person’ was killed, but all I felt was joy for the animal’s chance at revenge!


      • christine permalink
        December 8, 2010 8:39 am

        i so agree with you people who hurt animals i wish they wud all juss die its wrong we r in there home this is there land not our they were here first n how any1 cud have the heart to hurt animals is beyond me


    • Gayle Woodul permalink
      August 19, 2010 7:20 pm

      Jimmy – I’ll volunteer! I’ll pay my own way!


  2. Vanditta Diwakar permalink
    August 19, 2010 5:17 pm

    Who the HELL gave these @$^# rights to do this to innocent animals? My blood just boiled to a bursting point when I saw these pictures. Jimmy, you’re right, why doesn’t anyone just walk in there and shoot these a-holes..grr..this makes me so angry and so sad :(:(

    Feel like getting in there and torturing these #^@%$


  3. Voice for the voiceless - VERONICA GALISTAN permalink
    August 20, 2010 1:16 am

    You lots are a bunch of useless scum that should be swept of the face of the Earth! Murders you lots are!


  4. Terry S De Aos permalink
    August 20, 2010 3:45 am

    Could someone explain to me the importance of signatures? People ask me constantly and i dont want to give a misleading information!


  5. Terrie Godwin permalink
    August 20, 2010 8:23 am

    This is sick,sad and very disturbing.These people are cold hearted bastards and should be tourtured. Those poor bears you can see the fear in their eyes and just laying in that little cage waiting for those awful people to do harm to them. Something has to be done. These people whill do anything to anyone or anything. It like they get off on hurting and killing things.From whales, cats,dogs,bears,dolphins the list could go on and on. This just makes me sad. The look on that bears face you have to be heartless to do that to that animal after looking into it’s eyes.



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