Support WSPA and help us stamp out cruel practices like Bear Farming.
Since 1981, The World Society for the Protection of Animals has fought to realise a dream where animal welfare matters and animal cruelty ends. Having successfully eradicated the practice of Bear Dancing in Greece and Turkey, we are now hoping to bring an end to the inhumane industry of Bear Bile Farming. None of this would be possible without the generosity of our supporters.
Bear farming has become of the most terrifying practice in Asian countries to extract bear bile and body parts. The methods incorporated for bile extraction are horrific and inhumane, but the bear farming industry continues to use these methods, as the demand of bear bile and other body parts has never subsided.
The bear farming industry, though, has a long-standing need in the traditional medicines from the ancient times, but around 1980, the bear farming industry was set up to farm bears more intensively. The number of bears kept captivated for bear farming across China was more than 7,000, and there were some others in neighbouring countries of Asia continent. Though the intention of bear farming was good, and it was set-up to reduce the number of bears poached from the wild, but scientists and wild-life researchers feel that bear farming industry is causing danger to the bears overall, in the region of Asian continent.
Welfare issues of bears in bear farming
It goes without saying that all the animals suffer physical and mental agony when they are removed from their natural habitat. However, some animals do need the protection of specialized areas to keep the species alive, as some of them are utterly on the brink of extinction.
Bear farming industry, though had a good intention, but it has turned out to be a market for bear bile and other body parts of the bears. Bears are often kept in cages that provide insufficient space for their movement, and there is hardly anything that the bears can enjoy or even relax. More often than not, they become the inhuman showpieces for the spectators who come to see them for their own enjoyment and fun.
The main purpose of bear farming that is negative to the bears is the bile extraction process, which is most often carried out in most inhuman method and by untrained technicians. It goes without saying that bears suffer a lot of pain due to this procedure. The pain and suffering is often prolonged in its effect due to the insufficient and inadequate habitat of the bears.
Curling up after the extraction, shivering, and holding their paws to their stomach, are the commonest of signs of bear suffering that they show after the bile extraction process!
It has also been seen that sometimes, the bears twitch, gnash their teeth, bite the bars, and utter distress calls during the bile extraction process, which can pretty amply tell us the pain that they have to undergo. Inadequate and inhuman habitat coupled with the torture of this kind has really made the life of bears a real tragedy to pity upon and work for their welfare!
Many organizations have recognized the bear farming industry more as a trade industry rather than the poaching-saving one, which was its primary intention. Many steps and projects to reduce the suffering of bears in bear farming have been formulated and acted upon by these organizations
Right now, there are at least 12,000 bears suffering in Asia. They are held captive in tiny cages and shocking conditions. These bears are farmed needlessly for the bile contained in their gall bladders which is used to make Traditional Asian Medicine. Their reality is a lifetime of suffering and pain.
Your support can help us end bear farming in Asia. Protect bears - lend your support by signing the appeal today.:
You Can Help
Download a "China Bear Rescue" Petition
Download the petition appropriate to your location. Print and photocopy as many copies as you wish. Have your family and friends fill them out. Please then forward to the Animals Asia Office printed on the petition. We will then forward the petitions on to the Chinese Ambassador at the local Chinese Embassy.
Bumping this back up
Again i do not understand why this practise continues, there are proven alternatives to bear bile products that are effective as stated by many chinese practioners even. Yet since this is such a great way for the inconsiderate idiots to keep making loads of money they ignore modern medicine and advancement simply because they like this source of income regardless of the cruelty and agany these bears suffer. I hope to God we can stop bear farming, they are such magnificent creatures meant to roam free and not be used as disposable objects.if you would like to read more on the actual products, please click on the links below and if you see them on the shelves inform people not to buy them and use the safer alternatives and the reasons why they should not support the bear farming by refraiming from buying any of their products.
Animals Asia have many support groups worldwide. I co-ordinate the London Support Group, so if any of you live in or near London and want to become actively involved in raising funds and awareness, please contact me. If you're not in London please check out this link
You can either join a support group, start your own, organise an event.... the list is endless. Just please do what you can. Signing petitions definitely works, so please sign every petition you come across. Remember more than half of China is now bear farm free and it all started with one wonderful woman, who is still working tirelessly to close down the torture chambers