Target: President of the People’s Republic of China, Xi Jinping
Goal: Stop the cruel practice of moon bear bile farming and save thousands of bears from captivity and torture
More than 10,000 moon bears are locked away on Chinese bile farms, where the animals are regularly “milked” for their bile, which is used in the making of traditional Chinese medicines as well as everyday household cleaning products. Extracting the bile is an incredibly invasive and painful procedure that often leads to massive infections in the bears. Despite the fact that a large number of effective and affordable herbal and synthetic alternatives are readily available, the barbaric practice of bear bile farming continues.
Bears on bile farms are usually housed in small cages that are only slightly larger than their bodies, making them unable to turn around or even stand up. Most farmed bears are dehydrated, starved and suffer from multiple diseases. Some bear cubs spend their entire lives in these cramped cages, enduring up to 30 years of abuse and neglect before malignant tumors ultimately kill them.
Although the Chinese government has helped facilitate the rescue of nearly 300 moon bears by demanding the closure of illegal bile farms, the suffering of thousands of bears that are still imprisoned must be made a priority. By signing this petition, you will be urging Chinese government officials to set a firm date on when bear bile farming will end and will help save thousands of moon bears from a life of imprisonment and torture.
Dear President Xi Jinping,
I would like to express my sincere gratitude for China’s recent efforts to close illegal bear bile farms and ensure the rescue of the 285 moon bears that were imprisoned and abused because of this barbaric industry. Sadly, more than 10,000 bears are still suffering on these cruel farms despite the availability of affordable and effective herbal and synthetic bear bile alternatives.
Farmed bears are kept in small cages that prohibit them from turning around or even standing on all fours. They are usually dehydrated, starved, and suffer from a variety of diseases for which they never receive proper veterinary care. Not to mention, the act of “milking” the bears for their bile often leads to massive, life-threatening infections.
Please make this issue a priority by setting a firm date to end bear farming in China and help to save thousands of bears from a life of abuse and neglect. In the meantime, please encourage the use of herbal and synthetic alternatives to bear bile.
[Your Name Here]
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