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Bear Bile

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.

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.

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.

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.

How One Moment With a Bear Inspired My Work to End Bear Bile Farming

Jill Robinson | Posted 09.02.2013 | Green
Jill Robinson

It was a dark, dirty room, stinking of feces and infection, and all of the bears who were held there were peering grimly into the gloom from their coffin-like cages.

Myanmar's Leadership Needed on ASEAN Illegal Wildlife Trade (PHOTOS)

Kala Mulqueeny | Posted 06.26.2013 | World
Kala Mulqueeny

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Beginning a New Life: Six Endangered Bears Rescued From Illegal Chinese Farm

Jill Robinson | Posted 04.23.2013 | Green
Jill Robinson

Most bears on bile farms are kept in tiny cages. Of the six rescued last month, Peter was trapped in the smallest cage -- measuring just 3 feet long and one foot wide. Some bears on farms are put into cages as cubs and never released.