How would you feel of being locked up into a small cage where you can hardly move and been deprived of any social interaction? It is hard to believe that in the 21th century where we are fighting for humans and animal rights such things are still happening just around us: more than 14,000 Moon bears across Asia are kept in tiny cages where they are not able to move or stand in four and regularly milked for their bile.
Being naturally peaceful and silent animals, Moon bear lives have been transformed by humans in a non-stopping torture: leaving alone in cages no larger than coffins, feeling constant pain (due to rusting catheters and infected drill in their bellies etc) and lacking food, water and health care.
Bears Bile has been used in the traditional Chinese medicine for more than a thousand year, and it is considered as an important ingredient for curing many different diseases (cancer, tumors atc) even if there are no proven benefits of it. Bile extraction is done using various painful, invasive techniques, all of which cause massive infection in the bears.
However, China, Bile Farms are legal and very profitable business (15$ for a third of tea spoon extract) despite the availability of many effective and affordable herbal and synthetic alternatives.
They are pumped full of antibiotics and other drugs just to keep them alive. They develop multiple diseases and malignant tumors that eventually kill them.
Those bears are undernourished, weighting even less than 8kg, their teeth are broken and shattered for desperately biting the cage bars. They feet are cracked and rotting as they have never felt the earth beneath them.
That is why we have decided to support Animals Asia a non-profit organisation that is working to end barbaric bear bile trade since 1998 and has rescued more than 500 bears, bringing them in safe Sanctuary in China and Vietnam.