years ago this April, Jill Robinson first walked onto a bear bile farm. On that day in April 1993, Jill could have walked away, but she chose to act and do what she could. Today, you also have a choice. If everyone reading this donated just US$20, it would pay for the care of over 150 bears at our China sanctuary for a full year. Please help us celebrate 20 years of progress. Donate US$20 today (or whatever you can afford).
Public listing application by pharmaceutical company sparks outrage
Gui Zhen Tang Pharmaceutical Company, and owner of one of the biggest bear bile farms in China, has applied to the Fujian Securities Regulatory Committee for approval to seek to list on a stock exchange.
Because of its involvement in bear bile farming, Gui Zhen Tang's application has sparked considerable protest in China, with the public opposition growing stronger every day.
“Its great to see that there has been a groundswell of public opinion against bear bile farming. This shows that the Chinese people are increasingly concerned about animal welfare issues and are making themselves heard through the internet.
Bear bile farming is a cruel industry that involves bears being milked for their bile through crude holes that are cut into the abdomen wall and into the gall bladder. These wounds are deliberately left open, leaving the bears subject to bacterial infection and disease.
There are over 50 herbal alternatives to bear bile, and even traditional medicine doctors are advising against its use. The bears that Animals Asia has rescued from bile farms are suffering from a range of ailments including liver cancer. The bile from such sick bears is contaminated with bacteria, pus, faeces, urine, cancer cells and possible residue of antibiotics.
Doctors in Vietnam are publicly advising against the use of bear bile and talking about the risks of bear bile poisoning, which include severe liver and kidney damage, jaundice, loss of appetite, fatigue, red eyes, aches and pains in the body, blood in the urine and severe dehydration and perspiration. Four people are known to have died from bear bile poisoning.”
The focus of Animals Asia is to bring bear farming to an end. We maintain an ongoing dialogue with the Chinese government and continue to present evidence of the cruelty of bear farming based on research from hundreds of previously farmed bears now at our rescue centres in China and Vietnam. We hope that our work rescuing bears and engaging in dialogue with the authorities will lead to the end of bear farming.
In terms of supporting our work, aside from donating to help fund the campaign, there are lots of ways that you can help raise awareness and rally more support.
Please take a look at the Get Involved section of our website. You will find lots of ideas here, from simply passing out leaflets to holding a fundraiser.
You can also write letters, sign a petition or download one and have others sign also – more information on these can be found under the Spread the Word section on the website.