Close Cruel Bear Bile Farms in China

Photo by Tim Ellis

In traditional Chinese medicine, bear bile is used to cure many ailments. To keep the supply of this ingredient flowing, bears are kept in small “crush cages” so their bile may be harvested, sometimes twice daily. The extraction process is painful, requiring direct access to the live bears’ gallbladders. While there are a few different methods, the current standard is the “free drip” technique in which a permanent hole is made in the bears’ abdomens. The bile freely flows from the gallbladder and is collected daily by puncturing a membrane. Bile often leaks back into the abdomen and the open hole causes painful infections. While this suffering is unreasonable in any situation, it is especially unnecessary because of the creation of recent herbal medicines that mimic the ingredients of bile. These remedies are cheaper, more effective, and more readily available. With this superior alternative, it is time for bear bile farming and use to be outlawed.

Write China’s ambassador to the United States, Zhang Yesui, and ask him to push for new legislation that would end this inhumane practice.

Ambassador Zhang Yesui
Embassy of the People’s Republic of China
3505 International Place NW
Washington, DC 20008

One Response to “Close Cruel Bear Bile Farms in China”

  1. Doris Malow Says:

    Mr. Ambassador Yesui,
    I understand that you are a great and valuable member of your Chinesse civilized humane Society. As a member or a human civilized society, I present to you a petition that will create a big concern and a the need of a new legislation that would end this inhumane practice, or to be more especific the cruel barbaric ways of inflicting pain or torturing the bears.To keep the supply of this ingredient flowing, bears are kept in small “crush cages” so their bile may be harvested, sometimes twice daily. The extraction process is painful, requiring direct access to the live bears’ gallbladders. While there are a few different methods, the current standard is the “free drip” technique in which a permanent hole is made in the bears’ abdomens. The bile freely flows from the gallbladder and is collected daily by puncturing a membrane. Bile often leaks back into the abdomen and the open hole causes painful infections. While this suffering is unreasonable in any situation, it is especially unnecessary because of the creation of recent herbal medicines that mimic the ingredients of bile. These remedies are cheaper, more effective, and more readily available. With this superior alternative, it is time for bear bile farming and use to be outlawed.
    Please, Ambassador is time for China to Stop all types of animal cruelty, also to respect the lifes of dogs, cats, innocents animals that are torture and eaten. Your children and youth need to see great humane people good roll models, that have good moral values, responsible and compassionate to your animals. God created them for us to love them and respect their lifes. The world rejects these evil practices which are distroying the good reputation of your Country and your animals, also the trust and respect from your own youth the future of your humane society. A A Nation that is compassionate and respects the life of their animals, does the same for his people…it closes or open doors for Tourism and the development of your Country.
    Thank you and will continue praying to the Lord Jesus to touch your hearts.


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