Thank you, Barb ! All signed and shared ( Care for Chinese Animals )
This photo breaks my heart ....
We believe the bears of Cau Trang Farm in Halong Bay have suffered enough. Please intervene and allow Animals Asia to rescue them. Then they can start their rehabilitation and live out their years in a sanctuary with all the care they deserve.
Signed everything. I spend a lot of my time - and Money - fighting the bear bile farming. And every time a farm is closed down I try to be pleased - which I am of course - but immediately I realze how many there are still and it's very discouraging. But I won't stop fighting it as best I can.
It is so cruel..Thank you for share Monika
Grazie Monika, purtroppo le petizioni a fondo pagina sono chiuse, le altre sono state firmate tutte.
Grazie Lenicka per gli articoli forniti.
Thanks much dear Lenicka!
China State Council Prime Minister: eradicate Bear Bile Farming! Scroll down for English text!
Enforcing Bear Bile Laws
In China, bear farming is done on an industrial scale, but in Vietnam it’s family operations – many of which have only one or two bears. In Hanoi itself there are about 220 bears that could be held on up to 100 farms. How can the provincial Forest Protection Departments possibly monitor them all to catch farmers in the act?
This department isn’t only responsible for bear bile – they have to manage all wildlife issues and illegal logging. Anything to do with forest products is under their jurisdiction.
Even in clear-cut cases where the farmer has been caught extracting the bile, successful prosecution can be difficult.
In Vietnam, landmark court rulings do not set precedents for future use of the law. Instead, the wording of the law is open to re-interpretation in each individual case.
In 2009, a bear bile farmer escaped the closure of his farm and jail time when the finer wording of the law was creatively interpreted. In the case, it was argued that bear bile isn’t part of a bear, but is merely like blood, saliva or urine.
In Vietnamese law, if the wording isn’t specific then there is wriggle room. The law can’t list every potential animal product – it’s not possible. So the wording remains general and open to interpretation during each and every case.
Work has begun on upgrading bear bile regulations to remove these loopholes and grey areas, but is a long way from completion.
Demand Equals Supply
Yet even with the most copper-bottomed laws, bear bile wouldn’t be eradicated overnight. The greater issue is demand. In recent years, demand has decreased, but it’s still there. And as long as demand exists then bear farms will too.
That’s why we continue to work on education, raising public awareness and collaborating with traditional medicine practitioners.
In 2011, our survey found that 40% of traditional medicine practitioners prescribed bear bile – among an association of 60,000 members. We’re trying to get that number down, because if they continue to prescribe or recommend bear bile then extraction will exist no matter how good the law.
Unfortunately, a positive perception and attitude towards bear bile persists, and there is still a strong belief in its health benefits.
If bear bile was like heroin – in that it caused addiction and death and economic suffering to people – then the perception would be different. Both bear bile and heroin now come under the same banned category, but with bear bile, some still believe it to be helpful – so they can’t understand why it’s illegal. Many see bile extraction like taking blood – not particularly harmful to the bear.
This is why education is so vitally important. Nobody who has seen the reality of bear bile farming – the cruelty and the suffering and the long-term health effects – can argue that it is harmless. And once traditional medicine practitioners have been convinced by the efficiency of herbal and synthetic alternatives, they can pass this knowledge on to their patients, friends and colleagues.
The issue of bear bile farming can’t be solved with a top-down approach alone. We have to come at the problem from both sides, passing down strong regulation to eradicate the farms, while also building awareness from the bottom up. Only then will we see it consigned to the history books.
All image source: Animals Asia/Flickr
Bear bile farming is such a complex issue that there is no one answer for why it persists. But for me there are two key issues: the imperfection of the law, and continued demand.
When you introduce a law – in any country – it’s never perfect. There are always loopholes that need amending. It’s the nature of laws and Vietnam is no different.
Bear bile farming technically became illegal in 1992 when Ministry of Forestry approval became necessary to keep bears. In 2002, bears came under CITES group I, making their exploitation strictly illegal. However it wasn’t until 2005 that the first species-specific regulations were enacted. This regulation made bear bile farming explicitly illegal, but allowed farmers to keep their bears as long as the bears were microchipped and the farmer had signed a declaration to never again extract bile.
Behind the Doors of Bile Farms
The problem of course is that no-one knows what goes on behind closed doors. The farmers argue that they now keep the bears as pets, but in reality the upkeep of a bear is very expensive and difficult to pay for without extracting bile.
As long as the grey area of ownership exists, new bears will continue to be trafficked and suffer bile extraction.
We see evidence of this in the number of trafficked cubs we receive. Many of those discovered in the north may be destined for the Chinese market, but they are found all over the country implying that they are also destined for domestic farms.
A further issue is that it’s incredibly hard to prove to the satisfaction of the law that a farmer is extracting bile. Evidence of extraction is not enough – the farmer must be caught red-handed removing the bile.
ein sooooo süsser kerl
Rescued from poachers, gorgeous sun bear cub Layla arrived at Animals Asia's Vietnam Bear Rescue Centre in June 2014.
You're so right Lenicka, the Moment I start rejoicing because of the closing of this bear bile farm I remember the thousands of other bears that still have to endure this. And it makes me sick. Not to Forget the bears that are going through other types of torture. But I suppose every small step Counts and I'm definitely delighted for These bears. I donate regularly to Animals Asia and These positive reports make it worthwhile.
An organization in China is providing new homes to 130 moon bears who were used for bile farming. Now, these moon bears will be able to lead a happy life free of the painful bile farming process. Give this organization your heart felt thanks by signing this petition.
up to date now
Thank you for the news
Great news ! I wish it would really come true !!
Bear bile farm in Guangxi to be turned into rescue center
How nice to read something good happenning for bears
Good News to share !!!
Thank you dear Lenicka. I really do appreciate your words.
There is one thing I do know for sure, and that is the more I learn about the heartless nature of many humans the more I feel the need to do something.
And I know I will never stop feeling pain when knowing how defenseless beings suffer/die.
I know I/we only 'feel' so much because I/we Love them, and Not loving and respecting others as we do is not living (imho) it's more like being an empty shell.
Thank you for your comment dear Kathy.
I think that you mention a point which all of us are struggling.
Everyone of us is searching for a balance and everybody will have another solution and experience.
For me , it's variable. Some day's I act like an automaton , signing petitions in blind faith that , the persons I trust , like Monika , Jan , Anneke , Desanka , Sau and some others that place here petitions , did a right and reliable choice.
Other day's , I read every petition and try to learn as much as possible about what the petitioner tell me .
So I see practical every day petitions as , to save extinctive animals , I really did not know before that they exist.
By with a lot pictures , petitions and stories , I cry.
By the most I also become very very angry.
Depend of my energy and time I react , here or on other places.
It helps !!!
Sharing your emotions in a safe environment - for me this group - helps.
There are 2 things I am attentive to.
1. I would never be so blunted , that I would have no feelings anymore with all I see in the pictures and petitions.
2. I can not be so depressed of all things I read , see and hear , that I cannot function anymore in life or here on Care2.
Every persons have another way to deal with it. For me , it works.
My first confrontation was with the seal hunt. I travelled with a friend to schools with a video that he made in Canada. It was horrible and I think that in this time there will be no school that would allowed it.
The children made drawings and we sent 100.000 to the UN.
(It did not help a bit , I talk of 50 years ago and it still exist !!)
And later all the bad things I saw and see in connection with my sanctuary.
But I know 1 thing for sure , what helped me the most was share it with people who think the same as I do.
And thats why Care2 is so important for me, and this group in particular !!!
Signed the latest and would enjoy sitting one of those torturers in the Cage and puncturing his gall bladder or alternatively letting one Dance on hot coals to see what it's like. I find I'm getting more and more into the mood for a bit of cruelty to humans. Opening the hunting season on them wouldn't be a bad start to the proceedings either.
So Absolutely Signed! ~ thank you Monika.
I often wonder what's the best thing for 'us' Empathic ones to do when faced with the option to view pictures and/or read words that describe further to the suffering inflicted on our fellow Earthlings.
And although I'm all too aware of the unimaginable pain caused by these emphatically deficient sub-humane beings, I found myself, once again torn between the fine balance of 'self imposed duty', ie a need to know as much as possible about whats being done, so as to be 'armed' with facts, so as to inform others correctly, and to use at every opportunity that presents it's self to fight against such mindless brutalities. Or... Not look/read, because it Always causes me/us a great deal of distress etc., often overwhelming to such a degree that it hinders any ability I might have to function in a way that serves to help end any suffering... In other words, it leaves me feeling so bloody tearful, useless and heartbroken that I'm moved beyond productive function. And I can not help but wonder whats for the best.
Very Sorry for my lengthy rant... But... I was wondering... If anyone has any tips or guides that serves them regarding this struggle we face, I would really appreciate them sharing!
Cher - 8 minutes ago - change.org
This is a strong case for an eye for an eye.
Signed ~ thank you Monika
signed everything. When I think that there are anywhere between 10.000 and 12.000 bears suffering this torture several times a day I could go completely crazy. My donations go towards the rescue camps where they take the released bears, but that isn't nearly enough to my way of looking at it. Just wish we could do more.
Signed ~ thank you
People who are capable of doing this to an animal have to be very, very bad. I sincerely hope that they will come by their just deserts very soon and that the bears will be released. Especially as it is well-known that the bile ist not only not healthy but actually very unhealthy for humans. May they all get every sickness coming to them for Buying it and thereby helping to Keep this practice on-going.
couldn't accesss the link to see the video or hear the song-so didn't sign-don't know what happened but can NOT access to see/hear the video.
signed and hopefully shared on fb the 2 petitions to block and ban bear bile industry.
More than 10,000 bears are imprisoned on bile farms where they are “milked” for their bile, an invasive and painful practice that causes severe infections. This cruel practice continues despite the availability of affordable herbal and synthetic bile alternatives. Tell officials to shut down the bear bile industry and save thousands of animals from a life of misery.
All finished. Thanks for sharing.
Cher - 1 hour ago - thepetitionsite.com
This has been one of my pet hates for some time and I fight it tooth and nail wherever and whenever I can. I donate very regularly and a lot to Animals Asia and I hope one day to see the closing of the last bear bile farm and the release of the last bear into a sanctuary.
Petitions have been closed. Thanks for sharing.
All Done. x
Signed up to date ~ thank you Monika
Already did these. Thanks for sharing.
Petitions have been closed. Thanks for sharing anyway.
"Cages of Shame" & "Moon Bears: The Hidden Truth" | Films on Bear Bile Farming
Sylvie - 7 hours ago - cagesofshame.com
Petitions from here signed and shared on Facebook. Thanks for sharing.
Petition links shared on Facebook. Thanks for sharing.
Thank you Monika
Saving Bears in China
February 11, 2013 | Lindsey Blomberg
Last Thursday, Animals Asia, an organization devoted to the welfare of
wild and urban animals in Asia, reported that six bears rescued this
past January from an illegal bear bile farm in China have each undergone
successful surgery to remove their damaged gall bladders...
- See more at:
Cruel protests by Korean bear farmers
19 Nov 2013
G. Moon the founder of moonbears.org today condemned the recent
protest by bear farmers in Seoul on November 15, 2013.
In this protest the farmers actually brought 3 bears in cages, no doubt, to
call attention to themselves. They are opposing the cessation of bear
farming and the environment ministries plan to slaughter the bears freed.
"What many people do not realize is that bears actually spend their whole
lives in such cages in Korean bear farms" G Moon said. "This was not just
a cage to bring the poor animal to the protest but where it lives while it's
gall bladder is inhumanly extracted by the farmers" .
The bear farmers are demanding that bear farming come under the
responsibility of the agriculture ministry rather than the environment. They
say a bear is no different to a cow or a pig.
"This is nonsense" said G Moon, "not even pigs or cows, which are also
often treated very badly in Korea, are kept in cages where they cannot
move and have a tube in them that constantly and painfully take their bile.
"This protest exposes the farmers for who they really are.
It exposes their cruelty and also the fact they want to see Koreans eating
bear meat just so
they can increase their profits" . "However it is fair that they should get
reasonable compensation when the bears are taken as the government
originally fostered bear farming in Korea”, she said.
moonbears.org is urging the government to ban bear farming, to buy the
bears from the farmers and then to establish sanctuaries so the bears can
spend the rest of their lives in comfort and peace.
Founder of moonbears.org
KOR: (82)10 4735 0363
HKG: (852) 903 706 12
AUS: (61) 4567 11 925
In harmony for no harm
Find out about our latest moon bear news at http://www.moonbear s.org
Sign our 'Save Bears' petition at
http://www.gopetition.com/petitions /save-bears- in-korea. html
World Animal Day Ambassador for Korea-
http://www.worldanimalday.co. uk/ambassadors/ korea/
New genocide policy for bears in Korea
moonbears.org is dismayed at the actions likely to result from years of
lobbying to abolish bear farming in Korea.
Now when finally the disgusting practice is being meaningfully challenged
the Governments solution is to slaughter the bears being "freed" .
This expedient approach is probably regarded as being humane by the
Government and groups such as WSPA.
We should all ask the question how a country with the 3rd largest financial
reserves in the world should decide to punish with death the very bears who
were being farmed directly as a result of their policies to encourage bear
farming many years ago.
We should ask why a fraction of these reserves cannot be used to show these
animals the respect they deserve and let then live out their days in
peaceful reserves such as those established by Animals Asia in China and
This issue deserves attention in the international media and the Government
and others who have agreed to the genocide policy now announced.
Please see my attached press release and get it out there.
moonbears.org news: http://moonbears. org/news. html
Action! Sign! Avaaz - End Bear Torture Farms in Vietnam! / Avaaz.Org
Michelle - 8 hours ago - secure.avaaz.org
Drug companies in China are refusing to stock products containing bear bile. The bile extraction process is dangerous for bears, and the medicines themselves may be unsafe for humans. Commend Chinese pharmacies for refusing to stock products containing bear bile.
Signed all. Thanks everyone for your hard work to promote this. It needs to stop.
All Signed and up to date! Thank you x
Noted and signed current Monika :-0 Thank-You Everyone Involved with This Thread :-0 14/2
Too many bears must endure daily torture as a result of the demand for bear bile in China. Bears kept for bile extraction are forced to endure tiny cages, open wounds and chronic infections. Urge the President of China to make harvesting bear bile illegal in order to prevent the unnecessary suffering of countless bears.
Nicole- 28 minutes ago - thepetitionsite.com
Mr. Xiaosong ZhengDirector General
Ministry of Finance - International Department
Sanlihe Xicheng District
Beijing - 100820
Tel: + 8610 6855 1122
Fax: + 8610 6855 1125
Ms. Jiandi Ye
Ministry of Finance
IFI Division III International Department San Li He St. Xichengqu
Beijing - 100820
Tel: + 86 10 6855-1171
Fax: + 86 10 6855 1125
Dear Madam, dear Sir,
The Asiatic Black Bear, also called the Moon Bear, is held in captivity to harvest bile, a digestive juice stored in the gall bladder. When extracted, the bear's bile is for sale as an ingredient in Traditional Chinese Medicine.
To facilitate the bile milking process, the bears are kept in extraction cages, also known as crush cages, which allows easy access to the bear's abdoman while preventing the bear from standing up, or sometimes from moving at all.
Bile is extracted twice a day, and is believed to be very painful as bears often moan, bang their heads and chew their paws. There is an implanted tube in the abdoman, or other methods include pushing a hollow steel stick into the abdoman.
Bile bears suffer from a variety of physical problems which include loss of hair, malnutrition, stunted growth, muscle mass loss, and often have their teeth and claws extracted. When the bears stop producing bile after a few years, they are usually killed for their meat, fur, paws and gall bladders. Bear paws are considered a delicacy, and have been seen priced at $250.
I ask China to stop the cruel practice of bear farming and to send the animals to a sanctuary to be rehabilitated and have a normal life free from torture.
I saw this comment.
"Ms. Yulan Lawson, QL
Isaac Bashevis Singer Nobel Peace Prize Winner wrote in his book, 'Enemies a love story', "As often has Herman had witnessed the slaughter of animals and fish, he always had the same thought. In their behaviour toward creatures, all men were Nazi’s. The smugness with which man could do with other species as he pleased exemplify the most extreme racist theories the principle that might is right. Lest we forget!"
this violation of an animal's body is so obscene and cruel, i am sick from the thought. signed.
Signed any missed before.
Thank you Monika
Going back as far as I can
SIGNED! THANK YOU.
Not a proper target but I signed
Ban BEAR FARMS IN KOREA - Save Bears!: Stop this horrible crime
You are absolutely right Naomi. This is horrific.
this is so vile, it has to be at the top of the list in cruelty. it MUST stop! signed.
both signed of course. thanks, dear.
signed of course. thanks, dear.
Signed. Thank you Monika
At chinese gouvernement: STOP THE TRAFIC OF THE BEAR BILE
signed and nauseated. thank you, dear.
Vashi- 1 hour ago - thepetitionsite.com
It is believed that bile is extracted from the bears stomach and gall bladder very most cruelly. The bears experience intense pain + agony and are made to suffer for prolonged periods of time during as well as after the bile extraction process
New ones signed. Jackie Chan is my HERO!
"He who is cruel to animals becomes hard also in his dealings with men. We can judge the heart of a man by his treatment of animals”.
– Immanuel Kant, German Philosopher
All active petitions signed! Thanks so much!
both done, monika dear. thank you.
Signed. Thank you Monika.
all signed. who ever thought of this? they should be locked away for good. thank you, monika, dear.
Cher- 43 minutes ago - thepetitionsite.com
All noted and signed. Thank you Monika.
Cher- 2 hours ago - forcechange.com
All signed with hope and noticed how schizoid cultural beliefs affect animals, on one hand China adores panda bears and on the other treats black & moon bears like crap...
Signed all. This makes me furious!
all signed and noted, and forwarded. i feel sick. thank you sweet monika.
Animals Asia petition:
End bear farming
6 hectares for villas just on the place for the Bears.
How corrupt can a Government be.
I think there is more than 6 million hectares for villas in that country.
Signed. Thanks Monika
This post was modified from its original form on 19 Jun, 7:35
VietNamNet Bridge – More than 100 bears at the Bear Rescue Centre were condemned to almost certain death until Animals Asia Foundation established a Bear Rescue Centre in Tam Dao national park, the northern province of Vinh Phuc.
These bears now face an uncertain future because of a land development project, said VIPs, including the Australian Ambassador, the Belgian Ambassador, and heads of international organizations who recently attended a special Open Day at the centre.
They stressed that work on the planned expansion of the Vietnam Bear Rescue Centre (VBRC) should continue uninterrupted.
The future of the centre is being threatened because a private company wants to take control of 6 hectares of land that has been set aside by the Government for an expansion of the center to build holiday villas.
“The centre has been a great success story in the battle against illegal bear bile trade and farming,” said Animals Asia Vietnam Director, Tuan Bendixsen.
Signed. Thanks Monika!
Already signed, thanks Monika.
rescued dancing bear and sloth bear
bear bile cubs rescued
Noted and forwarded. Thank you Nyack.
Noted and signed. Thank you Nyack.
Noted & Signed, TY
Cheree, You signed on August 18, 2011.
Your signature has been delivered to:
Chinese, Vietnam, Laos and Thailand Governments.
Signed and fb'd..thanks James
#1,402. Thanks for the alert
Simone - 14 hours ago - change.org
thanks for sharing
Already signed. Thanx for all the beautiful pics Gudrun!
Noted. Thank you Maria.
Maria - 1 hour ago - monstersandcritics.com
All noted & actions taken - thanks Maria!
Dianne - 50 minutes ago - thepetitionsite.com
Noted and signed. Thank you Maria.
Vivien - 13 hours ago - theanimalrescuesite.com
Noted and both signed. Thank you Maria.
Please stop urgently this inimaginable cruelty! How is this possible? Are Chinese and asian people monster?
James - 6 hours ago - thepetitionsite.com
All noted and petitions signed. Thank you Maria.
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- 4 hours ago - news.change.org
THANK YOU. I AM ALWAYS LOOKING FOR WAYS TO HELP. I DEARLY LOVE BEARS.
SIGNED AND NOTED. I AM A MEMBER OF ANIMALS ASIA AND HAVE A GREAT LOVE FOR THESE ANIMALS. ALSO AM A WSPA MEMBER AND VERY INTERESTED IN THEIR WORK TO FREE DANCING BEARS AND BEARS WHO ARE BAITED FOR DOG FIGHTS IN PAKISTAN.
Noted and already signed, thanks.
Noted & signed - thanks Maria
- 4 hours ago - change.org