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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