Success: Vietnam Agrees to Close Bear Bile Farms

Target: Cao Duc Phat, Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Vietnam

Goal: Thank the Vietnamese government for agreeing on a national ban on bear bile farms.

Animal welfare group Animals Asia has successfully arranged an agreement with the Vietnamese government to ensure that the estimated 1,000 remaining Asian black bears are rescued from confinement and torture on so-called bear farms by 2020. With the help of this foundation and worldwide outcry against this cruel practice, as demonstrated through petitions such as this one from ForceChange, government officials have decided to close the legal loophole which has allowed bear bile farms to continue operating for the last decade.

Bear bile farming is a barbaric and unnecessary procedure that involves forcing bears to live in cramped enclosures sometimes referred to as “crush cages.” The bears may spend a decade or more trapped in these cages, enduring painful and invasive surgeries for their bile, a digestive fluid which folk tradition claims can treat a host of human ailments.

Following the Vietnamese government’s decision, all remaining bear bile farms will be forced to close within five years, with all bears relocated to sanctuaries to live out the rest of their days in peace. Sign this petition to thank the Vietnamese officials for this historic agreement.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Minister Phat,

I wish to thank you and your ministry for agreeing to end the cruel practice of bear bile farming in Vietnam and for agreeing that the remaining bears must be relocated to humane sanctuaries. Despite the purported benefits of bear bile claimed by those who practice folk medicine, there is no evidence that this substance is a useful alternative to herbal or synthetic treatments, and the continued exploitation of these animals has been devastating for conservation efforts.

Bears belong in the wild, not confined in miserable conditions and forced to endure painful procedures for the benefit of humans. I thank you for taking a stand for these vulnerable creatures and for reaching this agreement with Animals Asia.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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8 Comments

  1. Barton Dixon says:

    Thank you to the Vietnamese government for agreeing on a national ban on bear bile farms.

    The respect I have for your country is greater because of it since I believe in the following quotes.

    “The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.” Mahatma Gandhi
    “If a man aspires towards a righteous life, his first act of abstinence is from injury to animals.” Albert Einstein
    “Compassion for animals is intimately connected with goodness of character; and it may be confidently asserted that he who is cruel to animals cannot be a good man.” Authur Schopenhauer

  2. Yes, thank you to Vietnam for this compassionate decision! Without animal activists this would not have happened.

  3. THANK GOD, NOW BAN THE EATING OF DOGS AND CATS, YOU WILL NOT BE A HUMANE COUNTRY UNTILL YOU STOP THE BARBARIC EVIL OF EATING DOGS AND CATS AND TREAT ALL ANIMALS AS THE SENTINENT BEINGS THEY ARE.

  4. Gen Lovyet Agustsson says:

    would you eat their poop? i think not cause were not designed to eat poop from ourselves and animals.

  5. I REALLY HOPE YOU ARE TELLING US THE TRUTH THIS TIME, I will believe it when I see it happening. NOT UNTIL YOU PROVE YOU HAVE CLOSED ALL THE BEAR BILE FARMS. THANK YOU

  6. Lisa Zarafonetis Lisa Zarafonetis says:

    Glad to hear this. Pray it truly happens❗️😑

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