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South Korea Looks for Bear Farming Remedy: please take action.

November 19, 2010

Immediate: please click on and sign South Korea: End the Bile trade

Targeting: U.S Korean Ambassador, Korea Food and Drug Administration, Korean President, U.K Korean Ambassador, Ministry of Food, Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, and Prime Minister of Korea

Started by: Action for our Planet .com

In South Korea, over 1,400 Asian Black Bear’s (Moon Bears) are kept in captivity on bile farms. Bile is the digestive juice found in the liver and bladder of bears. It is typically used as a medicine believed to reduce fever, improve eye site and help protect the liver and body from illness. Moon bears are kept in small and squalid cages until they reach 10 years old after which they are slaughtered. Not surprisingly, bears undergo extreme psychological problems which result in injury, severe depression and repetitive behaviours. The physical constraints of a cage that measures 7.9 cm x 130cm x 200cm is immense and bears are only able to stand up and turn around. The premature death rate on these farms is incredibly high with many bears dying from severe injury and illness.

Although South Korean law prohibits live bears from having their bile extracted, the cruel process still continues.  According to The Humane Society of the United States, bear bile is extracted around 2 times a day and methods of extraction can vary. One such method is inserting a steel/ metal caterer inside the bear to extract 10-20 ML of bile. This caterer is pushed inside the abdomen and attached to the gall bladder while a plastic bag is placed in front of the abdomen by attaching it to a permanent metal harness which is left inside the animal. This process is so excruciating that bears will shake in pain, clench their teeth and bite themselves. Another cruel method is milking the bear through an implanted tube attached to the bears abdomen. No aesthetic is provided to the  bears during the ‘milking’ process and extraction is often carried out by untrained technicians.

World leaders are currently gathered in Seoul, South Korea for the G20 summit so now is a crucial time to appeal to South Korea to stop all bile farming. The South Korean government has seriously considered a ban on bear farming but it has appealed to animal welfare organisations to help find a way to end the trade and ensure the bears have somewhere to go once freed. Please sign this petition asking the South Korean government to end the bile trade.

Related, The Story of the Moon Bears | Jill Robinson

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Petition Text:

While South Korea hosts world leaders for the G20 summit, 1,400 Asian Black Bears are suffering immensely on bile farms. These bears live a life of confinement in cages so small that bears are only able to stand up and turn around. While South Korea has made it illegal to extract bile from a live bear, the gruesome ‘milking’ process still continues.

I am asking that you end the suffering of these helpless animals by closing all bile farms and ensuring all bears go to sanctuaries. One way of ensuring bears go to sanctuaries could be asking people to adopt the bears by paying a yearly fee to pay for food and housing for the animals. I feel this solution would be extremely successful as thousands of people worldwide would be sure to donate.

Thank you for your time.

Please don’t forget to click on and sign South Korea: End the Bile trade


4 Comments leave one →
  1. karen lyons kalmenson permalink
    November 19, 2010 12:32 pm

    why people cling to “traditions”
    long outdated
    the horror of which can
    never be overstated
    they look but do not
    see with their hearts
    the pain and suffering
    of which they are a part


  2. Stephanie permalink
    November 19, 2010 11:53 pm

    so few people really know how barbaric bear farming truly is…..


  3. Karin Sitzwohl permalink
    November 20, 2010 1:52 pm

    Stop this now!


  4. Anette Juhl Allton permalink
    November 20, 2010 3:40 pm

    Stop abusing bears in this horrible way. You are so oldfashioned if you think bear bile will improve your health!


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