"Bear Farms" in China torturing hundreds of bears-Truth!
"Bear Farms" in China Have Been Torturing Thousands of Bears With Tiny Cages and Live Bile Extraction-Truth!
Summary of eRumor:
It is said that in China, 10,000 bears are being kept in cramped cages, so small that they cannot stand, and that permanent holes have been made in their bodies or catheters inserted to allow bile to removed on a regular, painful basis.
The Truth:This was true but the Chinese government has announced that it will close down the bear farms and try to reintroduce the bears to the wild. According to a Reuters report dated July 25, 2000, Chinese officials signed an agreement with the Hong Kong based Animals Asia foundation to end the mistreatment of the bears, some of which had lived in the conditions of the farms for decades.
The World Society for Protection of Animals had investigated the allegations with first-hand visits to some of the bear farms and documented what some experts called the most appalling treatment of animal life they've ever seen. The bears were kept in small enclosures that looked more like coffins with bars than cages. They could not stand, change position, or move around. They had holes or catheters in their bodies where the bile could be harvested, which was said to be a painful procedure.
For many years, there has been concern over the hundreds of thousands of bears that have been killed by poachers who want just one thing: the bear's gall bladder. Gall bile is highly valued in Chinese traditional medicine. An industry had emerged in China, however, to provide bear bile for more than the Chinese medical purposes. It was being extracted in massive quantities for use in products ranging from wines to shampoos. According to the WSPA, the Chinese medicinal use of bear bile is 500kg per year, but more than 7,000 kg of bear bile is being extracted annually, most of it for consumer products.
Updated 7/31/01 For more information:
World Society For Protection of Animals, THE BEAR ALLIANCE (U.S., International, and Canada Humane Societies)
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I have just received this from a friend in England. If you find this as appalling as I do please copy it and you will then be able to add your name to the list. Please send this on to as many as possible. Thanks, Barb
Please read this and, if you feel strongly about it, do the following…
We ask the Chinese government for compassion. Today in China 10,000 (ten thousand) bears are kept prisoner for extracting bile form their gall bladders. The bears are kept in a horizontal position, in cages that look rather like coffins . They wear a metal collar and are held down by pressure bars. A catheter is introduced into their body that continuously absorbs the liquid from their gall bladders.. The bears cannot change their position and remain in this condition of permanent pain between 15 and 20 years!
We cannot accept this cruelty, torture and barbarism to continue and be part of the life of these poor bears for another minute. With their paw they take some food through a little opening in the cage. To quench their thirst they have to stretch their tongue to lick the bars of their prison. They suffer excruciating pain as they have to stay for an average of 15 years in the same position that deforms their bones. We are talking about 15 years or 180 months, or 5,475 days, or 131,400 hours or 78,844,000 minutes of continuous pain. The bile serves a disgusting market: it is used to produce shampoos, aphrodisiacs and ‘miraculous’ remedies. During the extraction of the liquid, a tube is inserted in the gall bladder; one end of the tube stays outside the belly of the bear, linked to a machine that extracts the bile. The suffering of the animal exceeds the imagination : the bear wishes death, mutilates himself and tries to commit suicide. For further information visit: http://www.geocities.com/Baja/2324/index.html (Click the English version) To help, you just need to copy this email and sign the list below, which calls for the immediate end of the horrific “Bile Farms” – then send this message to as many people as possible. Thanks again.