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WSPA investigators visited a total of ten bear farms across six provinces in South East, South West and North East China. They found that conditions represent the worst examples of factory farming. On average, cages were found to be 0.8m x 1.3m x 2m in size, a space within which a bear can hardly move, sit up, or even turn around. On every farm visited, the floors of the bears' cages were constructed from iron bars, so that the animals are denied the opportunity to stand or lie on firm ground. WSPA investigators visited a total of ten bear farms across six provinces in South East, South West and North East China. They found that conditions represent the worst examples of factory farming. On average, cages were found to be 0.8m x 1.3m x 2m in size, a space within which a bear can hardly move, sit up, or even turn around. On every farm visited, the floors of the bears' cages were constructed from iron bars, so that the animals are denied the opportunity to stand or lie on firm ground. Bear cubs bred on farms are taken away from their mothers at three months old. On some farms, they are immediately put through a programme of training for circus acts. These performances, which include boxing, bicycle riding and tightrope walking, are being offered as a new attraction for Asian tourists to generate additional income. After about a year and a half, a cub's performing days are over. From then until three years, growth is encouraged and often a cage of up to 1.6m x 1.6m x 2.6m is provided until the bear reaches three years. During this period, two bears may be caged together. Once the bear is fully grown, bile extraction can begin. The bear is transferred into a much smaller cage that cannot facilitate any movement, making access for milking twice a day easier. At a farm in Mudanching City, which proported to conform to new stricter government standards, a specially designed close-fitting cage was used for milking, while the animals were allowed to spend the rest of the day in a caged area that just about enabled them to stand and turn. On most farms visited by WSPA investigators, surgery to enable bile extraction was carried out by farm owners with no veterinary training. During illness, drugs are sometimes administered, but when they are not effective, bears are commonly left to die. At every farm, bears could be seen with wounds or scars to the face, head, paws and back because of the friction caused by containment. one farm in Yingin, bears that were obviously sick lay recumbent without movement. A constant stream of bile seeped from the stomachs of other bears, where an opening had been made into their gall bladders. Ironically, this particular establishment prided itself on having a professional veterinary technician. Between the ages of five and ten, bears may stop producing bile. They are then put in another cage, where they wait, either until death comes through sickness or starvation, or they are killed for their paws and gall bladders. Bear paws are eaten as a delicacy in South East Asia, and their sale provides an additional income for farms. A WSPA investigator was offered a fresh paw for 2,000 RMGB ($250). At one four star hotel in Shenyang City, a bear paw dish was on the menu for 3,800 RMB ($470).
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1. mosquito
2. asian cobra
3. australian box jelly fish
4. great white shark
5. african lion
6. australian saltwater crocodile
7. elephant
8. polar bear
9. cape buffalo
10. poison dart frog

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