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).
In June, 2012 the governor of Hawaii signed into law the groundbreaking bill HB2296 banning all trade in bear bile or gallbladders.
Though it was previously a felony under the federal Lacey Act to trade in bile or gallbladders from Asiatic black bears anywhere in the US, the same did not hold true for bears living in the United States.
As part of the investigations that led to the passage of the law, Animals Asia’s Ray Zhu, our US End Bear Farming Campaign Coordinator, went undercover to traditional medicine stores in Honolulu’s Chinatown, where he discovered at least one establishment that was selling bear gallbladders. Ray submitted testimony on his findings to the Senate Judiciary Committee prior to their vote.