‘Bile Milking’ of Bears Leads to Brutal Imprisonment and Torture

Target: Vietnamese President Truong Tan Sang

Goal: Stop endangered bears from being captured and grossly mistreated for the obtainment of bear bile.

Vietnam poachers hold hostage around 4,000 bears in bear farms in order to extract bile from them—a profitable product with increasing demand in Vietnam. Bear bile is used as a multipurpose medicine in Asia, so bears are ‘milked’ for their bile in excess to keep up with demand, hunting them into endangerment. Preventing this practice would involve Asia lessening its dependence on bear bile products and increasing its regulations on poachers.

At the age of three, a bear starts producing bile, a substance that is extracted from its gall bladder. Farmers extract the bile with steel catheters that are inserted into the bear’s stomach. When the bear is being milked for bile, it is kept in a cage so small it can barely move–a place referred to as a “crush cage.” This is done because bears have been known to moan, pound their heads against their cages, and chew their paws during the extremely painful extraction process, so bear farmers want them as confined as possible. The surgery is usually practiced by farmers with no veterinarian training causing many bears to suffer and die. Research indicates that for every 2 successful procedures, there are another 2-3 bear deaths from ensuing complications and infections.

Bear bile serves many believed purposes in Asia, including curing fever, reducing inflammation, improving eyesight, maintaining healthy liver, breaking down gallstones, etc. Even though many of these uses can be achieved with modern medicine, the demand for bear bile continues to increase, causing most of Asia’s bear population to exist in breeding farms, while the rest are hunted down in the forests.

At anywhere from five to ten years of age, bears stop producing bile. The Vietnamese then slaughter the bears and sell their paws and gall bladders. In Asia, bear paws are considered a delicacy and can be priced at hundreds of dollars in restaurants. If not, the bear no longer has use to the farmer, and is often left to die from starvation or disease.

Stop this mass animal abuse immediately by pressuring the Vietnam government to end their excessive use of bear bile products and to take more serious action to regulate poachers.

PETITION LETTER

Dear President Truong Tan Sang,

The Vietnamese bear bile industry is only growing worse, and it must be regulated to stop animal smuggling, poaching, and endangerment. Bear farming is illegal on paper, but Vietnamese bear farmers are hunting bears excessively. This law needs stricter enforcement, as crime will only rise with farmers getting more and more desperate for bears to hunt.

The process of bile extracting is painful, abusive, and immoral. Bears are trapped in cages so small that they cannot move a muscle, and catheters are shoved into them remorselessly each day. They are left to be injured or dead at any time during initial capture, extraction, or when they have matured past bile age.

Products that use bear bile can often be replaced with modern medicines that have the same effects. Regulate, or even ban main bile products that fuel the bear bile market. Urge your citizens, merchants, and bear farmers to stop hunting bears for bile and to shift the marketplace toward more sustainable and ethically obtained medicines.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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56 Comments

  1. valentina zvidrina says:

    Stop it!!!

  2. Just another sick human thing. This is when I am ashamed that I am human.

  3. Irma Valdivia Clavelo says:

    Siempre coopero con mi firma. Les pido que se pueda trducir al español

  4. rebecca h says:

    How sick twisted and evil are these people and this country for allowing this torture of these poor innocent defenceless beautiful creatures. Your all pathetic if you believe in all that crap about health benefits from this that and the other from animals body parts etc it’d just murder and torture and you do this to all kinds of animals on a daily basis for your own greed!! Shame on you all and your country for allowing it! You should leave the animals alone and do it to eachother! Have you thought for just one minute how you’d feel if it was being done to you daily!! Maybe you should because I know a lot of people who will be will to do it to you all to save the animals!! It will be your turn one day and it can’t come soon enough!!

  5. THE PEOPLE ARE SICK IN THE HEAD TO NOT REALIZE THAT NO ONE NEEDS, I REPEAT NO ONE NEEDS THESE BILE PRODUCTS.. ALL THE CRUELTY INVOLVED IS WRONG, SICKENING !
    THIS MUST BE STOPPED & THE PEOPLE EDUCATED !
    HORRIFIC !

  6. Kevin Tate says:

    How and when did we become such a sadistic species? Oh, that’s right: From day one.

    Again, it boils down to the power of conformity. When the entire village is doing this, it becomes the acceptable norm, even if one’s inner conscience tells him otherwise. History has plenty of other examples of societies “conforming” while causing others great pain. Unfortunately, it will never stop.

  7. This is sick!! These amazing animals do not deserve this!! People are sick! If they are doing this to the animals they deserve it to!! This is outrages!! People are sick these days!!

  8. Melanie barker says:

    Stop this tourtoure now we are not in the dark ages !

  9. malinda cagle says:

    this world makes my heart ache!!!! im heartbroken that i have to share a world with the most evil , cruel , heartless cold humans there are! these animals that live in the same world as us have done nothing to you!!!!!!!!! stop hurting them!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! i wait for the day your punished for what you do!!!!!!! please anyone else out there who feels the same as me …we have to group together to end this evil!!!!!! i will be right there on the frontlines!!!!! when i die i promise to make it my mission to torture each and every one of your pathetic little lives!!! that i promise!!!!!!!!

  10. Mankind has not learned to stop KILLING.
    We can LEARN so much from animals.

  11. Cheryl Owens says:

    What kind of barbarians does it take to do such horrid things to a defenseless animal and for what? This is just horrible. They need to have this done on them with no anesthetic and in an infectious atmosphere and leave them there to die!!!!!

  12. Martha Nunes says:

    Oh, dear God, what other horrific atrocity can man imagine to torment and torture, simply because he can? For what reason must there be a petition needed to stop this merciless, heinous brutality? The poor, ignorant farmer (I wonder about poor, since the bile is so prized, and use “ignorant” loosely, after reading the rationale for “crush cages”) might not know better, but the educated Vietnamese government officials certainly know better! I would bet at least one of the members of the presidency has had gall bladder issues and the ensuing pain, giving a first-hand experience of what these bears are experiencing. Aren’t ALL of you sick to your stomach at reading this???? I have no idea what, if any products I use, are produced or manufactured in any way in Vietnam, but I will find out. And I will do without them.

  13. MARY GRACE PACE says:

    IT IS SAD TO KNOW WHAT MEN IS CAPABLE TO DO FOR MONEY INFLICTING SO MUCH TORTURE AND CRUELTY.HOW COULD IT BE THAT AFTER DOING THIS CRUELTY THEY EAT AND SLEEP IN PEACE WITHOUT REMORSE IN THERE HEARTS AND AFTER HEARING THERE PAINFUL CRIES.NO ANIMAL HAS EVIL AND CRUELTY IN HIM.I URGE THE AUTHORITIES TO MAKE IT ILLEGAL.

  14. Linda Leo says:

    Awful

  15. Enough of mistreating animals. It is a very cruel act. It torturing an animal to enjoy, is not human, but psychopaths. They are living beings and deserve respect. Anyone who harms another living being paid his karma, nobody is challenging.

  16. This is so utterly disgustingly barbaric, that I as a human being am deeply ashamed. But that is not enough. Boycott everything that comes from the Far East. Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand Indonesia and China,.etc. Hard, but can be done.

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