Bears Keep Their Gallbladders

Paws Up!

To the New York State Legislature for approving a bill protecting the nearly 7,000 black bears living in the state of New York and to Governor Cuomo for signing it into law.

Photo by Mark L. Watson

Bears are being slaughtered in the name of medicinal cures for a variety of conditions, including diabetes and liver and heart diseases. However, non-animal alternatives exist to treat these conditions, so there is no need to kill these innocent creatures. The New York State Legislature sought to change the law and protect black bears from slaughter for their gallbladders and their bile.

According to a news article, “New York is one of only five states that doesn’t place any restrictions on the trade of bear gallbladders and bile, which is a component in some traditional Chinese medicine.”

The law, which goes into effect January 1, 2012, will prohibit the “possession, sale, barter, offer, purchase, transportation, delivery or receipt” of bear gallbladders or bile.

Take Action: New York residents, thank your legislators and the governor for protecting the wildlife of your state.

The Honorable Andrew M. Cuomo
Governor of New York State
State Capitol Building
Albany, NY 12224
Tele. No.: 518-474-8390


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