Dec 22, 2006
"A human being is a part of the whole, called by us, "Universe," a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings as something separated from the rest -- a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty. Nobody is able to achieve this completely, but the striving for such achievement is in itself a part of the liberation and a foundation for inner security." : Albert Einstein - (1879-1955) Physicist and Professor, Nobel Prize 1921
Nov 15, 2006
AAF Media Centre
|AAF rescues 12 more Moon Bears, but it’s too late for two|
|3 bears waiting to be offloaded|| ||Jill Robinson with blind bear|
|Animals Asia Foundation (AAF) rescued 12 more Moon Bears, bringing to 217 the total number of bears saved from a life of torture on cruel bile farms in China. |
But two of the emaciated bears brought to AAF’s rescue centre in Chengdu, Sichuan Province, were in such poor condition that they did not even live past their emergency health checks.
AAF founder and CEO, Jill Robinson, said today 9th November 2006, that these two bears had not died in vain. “They have left behind a legacy of vital information, which will bring this industry down,” she said.
Robinson, who has witnessed countless cases of severe animal cruelty over the years, said she was shocked by the condition of the 12 bears when they arrived at the sanctuary. “All were in impossibly small cages, all skeletal, wounded in various ways, and terrified of what would happen in this next stage of their lives,” she said.
“Two are blind, some missing limbs, some with shattered teeth, some with worn and scarred heads and bodies from bar-rubbing, and all out of their minds with fear. Most had open wounds in their abdomens from the free-drip method of bile-extraction, with some leaking bile and pus,” Robinson said.
In July 2000, AAF signed a landmark agreement with the Sichuan authorities to rescue 500 bears in the province, to work towards the elimination of bear farming in China and to promote the herbal alternatives to bear bile.
The farmers are compensated financially so they can either retire or set up in another business. Their licences are taken away permanently.
But many support the lucrative bear bile trade, claiming that a new catheter-free, free-drip method of bile extraction – involving the creation of a permanent hole in the abdomen – is painless for the bears and that the industry, therefore, is now “humane”.
Robinson, however, says the latest batch of tormented, disfigured bears provides further proof that the trade is as brutal as ever.
“We are still seeing young bears, with legs severed in leghold traps, that are clearly much younger than 17 years old – the cut-off point from when trapping bears in the wild was made illegal in China in 1989.”
Robinson said rake-thin “Twiglet”, one of the two bears that died shortly after his arrival at the rescue centre, weighed just 40 per cent of what a healthy male Moon Bear should weigh.
“We guess that, as often happens, because his free-drip wound had healed over, he had proved useless on the farm and the farmer had simply stopped feeding him, leaving him to starve to death,” she said. “His death from a combination of heart and renal failure, and our old enemy - septicemia - would have been agonising in the last lonely weeks of his life.”
“Message”, the other bear that died shortly after her rescue, succumbed to liver cancer as have 10 other rescued bears before her. Liver cancer is rare in bears that have not been tapped for their bile.
“A portmortem by AAF vets revealed pus in her bile – and this is the bile that people are paying to consume. We can see what it is doing to the bears – what must it be doing to humans?” Robinson said.
Consumers in China, Japan and Korea have the highest demand for bear bile. Bear parts, bile powder and bile products are also found in Australia, Taiwan, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, the US and Canada. It is illegal for bear products to be exported from China, but the black market trade is thriving. The bile is used in traditional medicine for a range of complaints including fever, liver disease and sore eyes. Synthetic and herbal alternatives are readily available.
Twelve months ago, the European Parliament in Brussels launched a campaign to urge the Chinese government to end bear farming by 2008 when Beijing will host the “Green” Olympics.
More than 7,000 bears are still trapped in farms throughout China. Some have been incarcerated for more than 20 years.
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Nov 12, 2006
This was on DC indy media.
This week, seven activists in Los Angeles had their homes raided in
connection with a campaign against the POM Wonderful juice company,
of POM pomegranate juice and Figi water.
POM has funded $10 million in research into the health effects of its
including conducting numerous studies on animals which included
erectile disfunction and depriving newborn mice of oxygen to the brain.
raids are yet another transparent attempt by the government to stifle
speech at the request of large corporations (POM is based in Santa
CA, the town whose police carried out the raids) - and another sign of
how scared these animal-abusing companies are of being picketed,
and exposed for what they do. POM executives have stated in court
that they have left their homes for up to a week at a time for fear of
demonstrated against, and the LA Times recently covered the campaign
mentioned POM's cruel torture of animals.
This is on www.greenisthenewred.com
In yet another odd twist in this Green Scare, POM Wonderful, the juice
company, is using the scare tactics of the New McCarthyists to go after
of its core consumer bases: the vegan, natural foods set.
POM filed a lawsuit in Los Angeles County Superior Court last week,
that a looming threat posed by illegal activism calls for banning
from protesting and posting information about the company on their
If you’re totally confused right now, just wait, it gets more bizarre.
Here’s some background first: POM has built its juice empire by touting
health benefits of pomegranate juice on its website and in the press.
Activists are pissed because they say the company spends millions on
research to showcase the health benefits of juice, all the while
itself as a caring, natural foods company.
Animal testing for… juice? Activists say POM’s animal tests include
“lowering the brain oxygen levels in newborn mice to cause them brain
injuries and ‘forcing their mothers to drink water mixed with
concentrate,’” according to Jessica Garrison at The Los Angeles Times.
It looks like POM isn’t the first juice company to come under fire for
Welch’s and Ocean Spray have both already caved to activist pressure.
POM doesn’t want to follow suit:
In their court papers, company officials say they believe the
are affiliated with the Animal Liberation Front, which the FBI has said
domestic terror threat. And the company is fighting back, asking a
fine activists $1,000 if they post personal information about POM
on websites. Company officials also want a judge to order activists not
picket or demonstrate outside the homes of the juice company’s
As POM admits, though, no employees have experienced any violence as
this campaigning. At worst, employees have seen legal protests at their
homes, which can you can read more about on L.A. Indymedia.
And even if property destruction or threats had taken place, the
responsible for those crimes should be prosecuted independently: POM
simply try to paint ALL protests of their business practices as
doesn’t matter if POM “believes” activists are affiliated with the
underground Animal Liberation Front, because that’s not grounds for
away basic First Amendment rights. POM clearly wants to silence
that expose their business practices, and is willing to go to great
including this “eco-terrorist” scare-mongering– to do it.
It shows the danger of all this “eco-terrorist” rhetoric: it sets a
precedent for anyone to use green baiting to silence dissent, even a
company targeting health-conscious vegan consumers.
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Nov 12, 2006 11:35pm
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