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).
TCM community statements of support against the use of bear bile
With so many effective substitutes, there is no need for bear bile today
The National Federation of Traditional Chinese Medicine, France
The Register of Chinese Herbal Medicine (RCHM), the leading UK professional body dealing with the registration and standards of practitioners of Chinese herbal medicine, strictly prohibits the use of bear bile on the following grounds:
1. It is wholly unacceptable for healthcare professionals to use medicinal substances derived from endangered species.
2. The production of medicinal substances involving inhumane methods is unacceptable on ethical grounds.
3. In most cases, alternatives to the use of bear bile can be found among plant medicines with similar therapeutic functions.
Vice President RCHM
"As Research Director of the Foundation for Traditional Chinese Medicine for the last seven years, I have never condoned the use of bear bile. This barbaric practice is both wholly undesirable and unnecessary in the modern world. There are a great number of herbal alternatives that are equally effective, in addition to synthetic bile, which has existed for 50 years. There is absolutely no excuse for further endangering the future survival of these magnificent creatures."
Dr Hugh MacPherson
Foundation for Traditional Chinese Medicine, York, UK
"Traditional Chinese Medicine is one of the great global medical systems with an uninterrupted history of use and development spanning 1000s of years. The Traditional Chinese Medicine profession does not need to cage, farm, kill or use bears in order to provide effective and natural healthcare. The international trade in products containing bear parts is illegal and AACMA opposes their use for any medical or cosmetic purposes. "
CEO, Australian Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine Association
"Traditional Chinese medicine has been an integral part of Chinese culture for thousands of years. The Dragon Project is set up to encourage changes to our race in breaking traditional philosophy from our older generations to cope with the changes of time.
The thought of keeping animals in a farm, for the sole purpose of milking or killing them for parts for medicine should be discouraged. The advance of medical science has provided a substitute to replace such ingredients. Organisations such as Animals Asia Foundation can bring an end to this."
The Big Dragon Project, Newcastle Chinatown, UK
"On Behalf of the Association of Traditional Chinese Medicine (UK), the largest traditional Chinese medicine organisation in Britain, I would like to take this opportunity to publicly state that ATCM strictly condemns and prohibits the use of bear bile by TCM practitioners in treatment regardless of illness. This is based on the grounds that we believe the process of extracting bear bile to be inhumane and therefore unethical, especially as it is against the general principle and Law of traditional Chinese medicine i.e., emphasis on keeping the balance between mankind and nature. There is no need for stretching to such an extreme measure to obtain a purely exotic sounding substance from an already endangered species, when there are countless other available alternatives."
Dr Jidong Wu
President of the Association of Traditional Chinese Medicine (UK), Middlesex University
"Extracting bile with a hard tube inserted in the bear's stomach is cruelty beyond comprehension. We, the Chinese Community Centre support and admire the Animals Asia Foundation for their good work in protecting the animals."
Chairman, Chinese Community Centre, London
"We will not hesitate to help to work towards bringing an end to bear farming and the immense cruelty and suffering of such a practice. We also support efforts to find and develop alternative methods of Chinese medicine to the use of bear bile across the world."
Chin Ting Tang
President, London Chinatown Chinese Association
For statements of support against the use of all endangered species products in TCM click here.