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Bear bile farming industry put on notice by World Conservation Congress
IUCN passes bear farming resolution
The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) World Conservation Congress, the world’s largest and most important conservation event has passed a resolution addressing the issue of bear bile farming.
The resolution encourages Korea and Vietnam to continue their efforts towards ending bear farming and calls for states that practice bear farming to:
work with the IUCN to close down illegal bear farms (those that do not comply with regulations)
issue no further licenses or permits for farms
prevent an increase in bear numbers on existing farms
ensure no wild-caught bears are added to farms
conduct research into bear bile substitutes
establish a monitoring system to track trends in wild bear populations
Importantly, the resolution also calls for a scientifically independent, peer-reviewed situation analysis into whether all these points have been followed — most notably, how bear farming affects the conservation of wild bears.
An explanatory statement from the Bear Specialist Group of the IUCN states that the group had “reached the conclusion that commercial bear-farming does not constitute sustainable use.”
“Wild bear populations are declining dramatically, due mainly to poaching, throughout the range where bear-farming occurs”… “the decline of bear species in countries where bear-farming is taking place is much more rapid than in any other part of the world.”
Click here to read the full Explanatory memorandum.
As a member of the Asiatic black bear expert team under the Bear Specialist Group, Animals Asia is pleased to see such direct references to phasing bile farming out, and stands by to offer any assistance which will further encourage the end of bear farming Asia-wide.
Jill Robinson, Founder and CEO of Animals Asia commented:
“The bear bile industry has been put on notice by the international community that its effects on wild bear populations are now under scrutiny and we hope to see the monitoring process beginning soon.”
IUCN President elected
IUCN Members also elected their new President at the Congress. Mr Zhang Xinsheng of China will lead the world’s largest environmental organization for the next four years. He succeeds Ashok Khosla, who successfully represented IUCN since the last Congress held in Barcelona.
Click hereto listen to the newly-elected President speak about his hopes and plans for the future.
Held every four years, the World Conservation Congress aims to improve how we manage our natural environment for human, social and economic development.
The 2012 World Conservation Congress was held from 6 - 15 September in Jeju, Republic of Korea. Attendees are leaders from government, the public sector, non-governmental organisations, business, UN agencies and social organisations.