End Bear Farming in South Korea

On September 15, the South Korean Parliament began a process that could eliminate South Korea’s bear farming industry for good. It comes after the tabling of a bill by National Assembly member Hong Heedeok.

Sadly, over 12,000 bears are currently being held captive in bear farms in Asia — where the animals are contained in small cages and bile is extracted from their bodies to be used for traditional Asian medicine. Several animal activists and groups have been working for years to put an end to this torture.

World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA) Canada teamed up with Care2 to create a petition urging the South Korean government to stop the farms — and more than 60,000 Care2 members added their names!

The bill should soon be considered by the Environment and Labour Committee, as well as other relevant ministries. If the process continues smoothly, a policy to end bear farming in South Korea could be in place by the end of 2010.

A big thank you goes out to all who signed the petition. This tremendous outpour of support seems to have gotten the government thinking, but they still need a little push to take the next step. Sign the petition to urge South Korean Parliament to put an end to bear farming for good!


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Sally Roach
Sally Roach5 years ago

boycott korea, bp, herseys all guilty of harmful, greedy actions!

Klaus P.
Klaus Peters5 years ago

This seems to be an ongoing battle. Korea wil not budge . For me it means BOYCOTT of Korean products. Lets all combine and show what we can do to stop this cruel practice.

Anja N.
Justin R.5 years ago


I hope that compassion will win.

Andrea Oefinger
Past Member 5 years ago

Signed on 8/9. Thanx for bringing this to the world's attention!

Helene B.
Helene B.5 years ago

South Korea has a long way to go when animal welfare is concerned, this could be a good start.

Andrew B.
Andrew Butt5 years ago

Hope they manage to see it through to a conclusion ie a complete STOP

Carrie Burton
Carrie B.5 years ago

Bear farming for bear bile? I really had never heard of this.

Maria Teresa Suplico

Poor bears! There are other ways in traditional and alternative medicine to extract any kind of enzymes needed for research or to make medicines. Those can be explored by the South Korean government. Hope they also find a way to let the bears roam freely and not be hurt by humans.

Vivien Green
Vivien Green5 years ago

I hope with all my heart this bill will passed a bear bile farming will be eliminated in South Korea.

Terri A.
Terri A.5 years ago

Heartbreaking practice that does no good - only suffering for the bears.

PLEASE keep us posted on the progress of this issue!