Stop Dissecting Bears’ Gallbladders for Unnecessary Medicine

Target: Nguyễn Xuân Phúc, President of Vietnam

Goal: End the practice of bear bile farming in Hanoi, Vietnam.

The Vietnamese government announced plans to phase out bear bile farming in 2005. While commendable steps have been taken and bear farming in Vietnam is slowly coming towards an end, the country’s most prominent city shows almost zero progress. Hanoi remains the country’s #1 bile bear farming hotspot, with 159 bears on 30 farms – accounting for 49% of the total bile bears in Vietnam as of 2021.

Bear bile is a traditional Asian medicine that does have positive effects but also has readily available cruelty-free alternatives. The bears used for harvesting bile are kept in tiny cages and repeatedly put through the painful process of bile extraction from their gallbladders, with techniques ranging from permanent catheters to a hole in the gallbladder that is repeatedly re-opened. The cages the bears are kept in are tiny- they are called ‘crush cages’ and bears who grow up in them have bodies contorted to fit the tightness. They are often missing teeth from trying to gnaw their way out.

It’s time for Vietnam’s government to end bear farming for good. Sign the petition below and call on the government to: take decisive action to end the practice of bear farming in the country’s capital, set a precedent of zero tolerance for the rest of the country in dealing with the bear farming situation, and close all bear farms by 2025 and ensure the transfer of all remaining bears to rescue centers and sanctuaries.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Mr. President,

As Vietnam continues to phase out bear bile farming, it is important to make sure that the act reaches completion. Hanoi has not reduced its bear farming at the same rate as the rest of the country, with hundreds of bears still kept on farms, in tiny painful cages. Bear bile has readily available cruelty-free alternatives, and so the torment of these animals is completely unnecessary.

Crush cages torture these beasts, and they live out their lives in pain. It is time for your government to end bear farming, setting a precedent of zero tolerance throughout the country, and close all bear farms by 2025, transferring all surviving bears to rescue centers.

Please, end the torment of these animals in Hanoi and the rest of the country.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Peter Halasz


6 Comments

  1. This is so sick, terrible!! I don’t know how you could think up to do this in the first place!! 🙁 😞 😡😠😩 they need to get them to end it now & help the beautiful precious bears!!

  2. Sickening habit. How did people start doing that in the first place? Cruelty has no limit for those people.They should do the same to healthy people so as to spare bears.

  3. Milantia Roy says:

    MISERABLE PSYCHOTIC, PARANOID, INSANE, IDIOTIC BASTARDS!
    WHY DON’T THEY EXPERIMENT ON THEMSELVES?
    BUNCH OF MAD DENENTED COWARDS!

    • patricia schwartzman says:

      THAT SHOULD BE TAKEN TO THE SAHARA DESERT OR TO A LONE ISLAND AND DROP THOSE GOOD FOR NOTHING BASTARDS, TO GET RID OF THEM

  4. Back off and leave animals alone.Human scumags have no right to abuse poor,defenceless animals.Experiment on humans!

  5. They should put these sadistic people in small cages where they can’t move at all, and leave them in a viper pit. The other one is snake island

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