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The morning after a late night out on the town, most of us fumble blindly for a glass of water, hoping against hope that it is full. Or, if we’re feeling super ambitious, we might even venture into the kitchen and brave the roar of the blender for a smoothie. But how about a glass of bear bile? Seriously. Some sects of Asian medicine have used bear bile as a panacea of sorts for thousands of years  – from a hangover to arthritis, bear bile is the prescription.

This belief has resulted in a practice know as bear bile farming. Bear bile farming is one of the cruelest practices in the history of animal/human relations. The bear is placed in a “crush” cage – which is exactly what it sounds like – and then stabbed with a sharp object to drain the bile from their gallbladder. These “farmers” try to get bears at a young age because they are easier to handle. Most bears caught in this sadistic cycle only live to be five years old. In the mountains of the Yibin, China, two adolescent orphaned Moon bears were recently rescued by Animal Asia and brought to their sanctuary. Assistant Bear Manager Ai Chao Jun said, “If we hadn’t been able to rescue them, the fear was they’d have ended up at a bear bile farm.” Luckily, the two cubs, Holly and Wang Cai, seem to have adjusted quite well to their new home.

They spend their days rocking … very hard.

Bear Cubs rescued from the Bear Bile Industry

Playing rock, paper, scissors – but bear claw always beats everything. Even though it’s kind of cheating. 

Bear Cubs rescued from the Bear Bile Industry

They love climbing trees. 

Bear Cubs rescued from the Bear Bile Industry

But sometimes getting down is a little tricky . . . 

Bear Cubs rescued from the Bear Bile Industry

They also spend a lot of the time maintaining their public persona of all-around coolness.

Bear Cubs rescued from the Bear Bile Industry

“We look super tough right now, right?”

Bear Cubs rescued from the Bear Bile Industry

“Totaly.”

Bear Cubs rescued from the Bear Bile Industry
 

 

You can also learn more about how you can get involved in the conservation effort to protect other bears like these two (plus see more awesome pictures of Holly and Wang Cai) on Animal Asia’s website.

All image source: Animal Asia

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One comment on “Breathtaking Photos of Rescued Moon Bears Playing Shows Why Bile Farming Needs to End”

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Doris Ludwig
9 Months Ago

Bile farming in China is torture and should be outlawed IMMEDIATELY!


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Tara McLinton
9 Months Ago

It's part of their culture, vile,disgusting & unacceptable to most people,governments know about this,trade sanctions/international pressure should be applied, have been supporting WWPF for years, there is so much abuse & cruelty in this world,this is just one tiny,awful part,ashamed to be associated with humans sometimes..:-(


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Robin Ritman
9 Months Ago

Bile "farming"is Evil and serves no purpose.To torture a being for something that doesn't have any real medical use is absurd.The people who take part in this are dishonourable and criminal


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Yvette Jacob
9 Months Ago

Plastic Rise, Rat meat for chicken, Bile farming, What is wrong with these Freaks we call humans? Many Chinese people just make me SICK!!!!


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Hilda Marquez
9 Months Ago


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Cindy Young-West
9 Months Ago

What, now? BILE farming? Can we start shaming and re-educating these backward people? Did Mao kill off the smart ones?


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Muriel Servaege
9 Months Ago

I\'m looking forward to seeing bile farming end. But so far, I have often been disappointed.


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