Chinese Bear Farms
When you think of the bear, the majority of people
would think of them ambling down the slopes of a hill
from the woodland towards the stream, pausing at the
waters edge, looking intently before swiping with a
huge clawed paw and scooping dinner up out of the water.
Sadly for around 10,000 bears in China this is nothing
more than a dream which is quickly fading away; these
bears know nothing but a small cage. Their home is so
cramped they cannot stand, they cannot even move around
and their muscles begin to atrophy.
This is the sad and cruel existence of these bears
all for the sake of having their bile extracted on a
daily basis, through a rough cut hole into which a catheter
has been crudely inserted. Some of the animals will
live this existence for the rest of their lives, four
years. Four years is around the average of which the
bears live in these squalid and unsanitary conditions,
a far cry from the average of around 25 years if he
were roaming free in the wild. All for the sake of adding
ingredients into a popular form of medicine, known as,
Traditional Chinese medicine.
www.savethebears.co.uk has been highlighting the conditions
in which these animals are kept in, along with the WSPA,
the World Society for Protection of Animals and the
WWF, the World Wildlife Fund.
There are many welfare issues associated with Bear farming,
being captured and taken from your home environment
is stressful to say the very least but when your new
home is a tiny cage, you can only imagine the stress
the bears go through.
The actual extraction of the bile from the bear is often
carried out in unsanitary circumstances with it causing
the bear a lot of pain, the pain is often prolonged
due to the circumstances in which the bear is kept.
It is not unusual for the bear to be seen curled up
holding their stomach and shivering after this inhumane
procedure, worse still the animal has to suffer the
procedure day in and day out with no respite.
Fortunately many of the organisations have now recognised
bear farms for what they are, nothing more than a trade
industry and are now taking steps to put an end to bear
farming and the suffering of the animals. You can do
your bit too by supporting the WSPA and putting an end
to this inhumane and cruel practice of bile extraction.