Porter - Animal Rights News and Features
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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