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We support many initiatives across the world to help cruelly treated animals. One animal which is treated very badly is the bear.
In nations throughout Asia, thousands of bears endure a life of torture on farms, in order for their bile to be extracted and implemented in traditional medicine to remedy illnesses ranging from haemorrhoids to headaches. Bears are confined in cages which range from agonisingly small "crush" cages to bigger pens, many of which cause awful physical and mental pain.
Some charities do have a huge job: the saving, rehabilitation and care of over 600 bears in South East Asia for the rest of their lives while gradually working towards stopping bear farming altogether.
The process of bile extraction
There are roughly 6500 bears on the bear farms in the whole of China. The imprisoned animals are used to help the horrendous Traditional Chinese Medicine market. Bear bile has been used in TCM for thousands of years, but this form of intensive bear farming only started in the 1980s when China's population of wild bears began to drop considerably low. But these bear farms have created a fresh set of problems.
Usually bile is removed from the gall bladders of the animals twice daily through a surgically inserted tube. The process, which is referred to as "milking," offers from .338 to .676 ounces of bile each time. Milking is obviously very painful for the bears, who can often be seen groaning and chewing their paws during the “milking”.
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Traditionally known for soaps and detergents, some health and beauty products companies now offer a huge range of products in beauty care, health, fragrances, personal hygiene, washing products, food, tissue and women’s hygiene – and even food for animals.
Guinea pigs, rats, hamsters, mice, rabbits and ferrets are just some of the animals harmed in some ‘product safety research’. Larger animals such as cats and dogs are tested on in for their pet foods – presumably these are intended for the benefit of animals. Some companies are very discreet about their poison tests, where chemicals are continually force-fed to creatures, rubbed into their raw skin, or put into their eye sockets. Other inhumane tests include making animals breathe in chemicals or injecting substances into their noses.
Of course many of these companies know that the vast majority of people oppose animal testing for cosmetics and home cleaning products, so they attempt to give the image that they only experiment on animals as a last resort.
The law on animal testing
The testing of beauty products and ingredients on animals is banned in the UK (from 1998), but an international company could potentially do their animal testing in another country and still retail their ill-gotten products here in Great Britain.
Money is the only language some thuggish companies understand. By boycotting companies who mistreat animals, you hold the answer to saving the thousands of animals who are harmed and die each year in harsh and unnecessary experiments conducted by cruel companies.