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The China Association of Traditional Chinese Medicine and Animals Asia both held press conferences in Beijing on 16 and 21 February respectively.
The China Association of Traditional Chinese Medicine
In an attempt to shift the media coverage back in favour of bear farming, the China Association of Traditional Chinese Medicine held a press conference led by its head, Fang Shuting. Mr Fang stated, "The process of extracting bear bile is as easy, natural and painless as turning on a tap". While this comment was widely ridiculed throughout the media, questions about the sources of information for Mr Fang's attacks on Animals Asia revealed no factual basis for his statements, only his perceptions and "gut feeling".
Animals Asia continued to be inundated with interview requests and provided more factual information and scientific evidence focusing in particular on providing case studies on bears that had been farmed using the free drip method, the bile extraction method Mr Fang had been defending.
On 21 February Animals Asia held a press conference to publicly reveal the scientific proof of the suffering caused by the free drip method of bile extraction. The detailed medical evidence was based on analysis of 165 bears (out of 181 free drip bears) that had been rescued and brought to Animals Asia's bear sanctuary near Chengdu.
The press conference also provided the stage for an independent film-maker to reveal undercover footage of the bear farming industry. The footage was shot between 2009 and 2010 and reveals "legal" bear farms with conditions that are clearly breaking current regulations.
"The Moon Bear" Click to view the undercover footage