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).
Working to replace the use of animals in traditional Chinese medicine
While the worldwide demand for traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) continues to grow, there is mounting concern regarding the negative impact that this increased popularity is having on the world’s animal species. Although animal ingredients amount to less than 10% of the traditional medicine pharmacopoeia, the trade has contributed to the decline of many species of wild animals and we can no longer ignore the conservation impacts or the cruelty and suffering caused to these and domesticated animals used in the trade.
Unless urgent reforms are introduced, many species face the same fate as the rhino, tiger and bear, which have become endangered partly due to commercial utilisation – and all animal species utilised in the TCM trade will be victims of suffering and exploitation.
These animals can only be protected from these conservation and cruelty impacts once the demand for their body parts ends and the answer lies in promoting these effective, abundant and non-endangered herbal and synthetic alternatives throughout the international traditional medicine community.
The “Healing without harm” programme will save literally millions of animals’ lives each year, by helping to reduce a largely unregulated trade in wild, domestic and endangered species, while promoting cruelty-free herbal alternatives to consumers and practitioners of traditional medicine.