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It's Time to End the Bear Bile Industry

Adam M. Roberts | Posted 04.12.2016 | Green
Adam M. Roberts

For more than 20 years, we have been calling attention to the despicable trade in bear parts. From coast to coast across the U.S., American black bears are killed, their paws cut off, and their abdomens brutally sliced open to extract the gallbladders inside.

Young Elephant Rescued In Vietnam Given Another Shot At Life

The Huffington Post | James Gerken | Posted 03.10.2015 | Green

A rescue team in Vietnam recently saved a 4-year-old wild elephant with an infected foot and injured trunk, giving the young animal another shot at li...

Bears Rescued From Bile Farms: Why Not Just Release Them?

Jill Robinson | Posted 12.01.2014 | Green
Jill Robinson

More than 10,000 bears are believed to be languishing on Chinese bear bile farms. The simple solution of just opening the gates is not an option - the scale of the problem is way beyond that simplistic approach.

Dogs in Asia: Doctors Not Dinner

Jill Robinson | Posted 11.15.2014 | Green
Jill Robinson

In a continent where dogs are often regarded as food, a change in attitude is palpable as the science behind the healing powers of canine therapy is being embraced by animal lovers and doctors alike.

Nanning Diary: Turning a Bear Bile Farm Into a Sanctuary, Peace by Piece

Jill Robinson | Posted 08.12.2014 | Green
Jill Robinson

This was field work in the raw, where six bears were going to be anesthetized and examined -- undergoing procedures to remove pain they had been suffering for years.

This Rescued Cub Is Unbearably Adorable

The Huffington Post | Avery Stone | Posted 06.06.2014 | Green

Prepare yourself for the unbearable cuteness that is Smudge, a rescued bear cub from Nanning, China. Not only does the sight of Smudge horsing arou...

Animal Welfare Group Plans Massive Rescue Of Chinese Bile Bears

Reuters | Posted 06.15.2014 | Green

By Michael Martina BEIJING, April 15 (Reuters) - An animal welfare group said on Tuesday it will save 130 bears from a bile extraction...

Vietnamese Bear Bile Farmer Joins Growing Movement as He Turns His Back on Cruel Trade

Jill Robinson | Posted 06.03.2014 | Green
Jill Robinson

This story highlights the growing conflict in the broader farming industry, that hurting the animals they raise, is hurting the farmers themselves.

Not Born to Perform

Jill Robinson | Posted 01.23.2014 | Green
Jill Robinson

Monkeys are dressed in garish clothes and smacked by trainers before they reluctantly ride bikes or horses. Bears wear brightly colored skirts and are forced to stand and skip with ropes, before being punched -- hard in the face -- when they fail.

150 Pharmacies in China Say No to Bear Bile

Jill Robinson | Posted 10.29.2013 | Green
Jill Robinson

More than 10,000 bears -- mainly moon bears, but also brown bears -- are kept on bile farms in China, and around 2,400 moon bears (and some sun bears) in Vietnam. The bears are milked regularly for their bile, which is used in traditional medicine.

Jasper's Story: One Moon Bear's Role as Ambassador for Those Cruelly Farmed for Their Bile

Jill Robinson | Posted 06.25.2013 | Green
Jill Robinson

After the trauma that he had suffered on the bile farm, it took some time for him to feel relaxed in his new spacious surroundings and trust those who were caring for him. To him, humans meant pain and cruelty.

Bears, Bile, and Extraordinary Tales of Survival: Just Who Do We Think We Are?

Marc Bekoff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver
Marc Bekoff

Bear bile remains at the center of wanton, remorseless, and inexcusable abuse. Efforts to stop bear farming and counter spurious claims about the healing powers of bear bile are ongoing.