Save the World, Save the Bears

I’ve been tagged by SL to join the Save the Bears, Save the World Meme.

I found out some astonishing things. That bears in China are being farmed for their bile, extracted from their gall bladders on a daily basis. Bear bile is one of the key ingredients in traditional chinese medicine and has been marketed as a treatment for a staggering array of human maladies, from cardiac illness to impotence to sore eyes. (I know, you’re thinking: gross out!) But it’s true. These poor creatures not only have to endure life in a tiny cage which doesn’t allow them the freedom to move around: they also have a permanent surgical implant or a catheter in their sides to allow the bile to be milked. This is a painful process. Bears have been seen chewing their paws, rattling the cages, writhing and moaning in pain during the milking process.

Once the bile has been completely milked, the bears are simply left to starve to death. In most cases, the bears die of infection and illness. Sometimes, the cruel farmers chop the bears’ paws off to sell them and leave the bears to bleed to death.

Animal Asia is seeking to stop this barbaric act. All you need to do is spread the word and tag your friends. Sponsor or pledge some money to a bear, if you like. Every little bit counts.

List yourself and your friends you have tagged here and add their permalinks (optional and pledges):

  1. Pin Lean

  2. Paul Lai

  3. Pearl

  4. Deborah

  5. Peng Sze

  6. Eric

  7. Cheng Yi