More than 12,000 bears are believed to remain on bear bile farms around the country. The animals are kept in horrifying conditions suffering regular bile extraction for use in traditional medicine.
The bile, which is stored in the gallbladder, is collected by means of various extraction methods, all of which cause massive infections in the bears. Most farmed bears are starved, dehydrated and suffering from multiple diseases and malignant tumors that not only contaminate their bile but ultimately kill them. Very few receive appropriate medication or any type of veterinary care.
Thankfully, for Tai Tan, Katie and Juniper, the story has a nicer ending as the three live out their days in the peace and freedom of Animals Asia's Chengdu Bear Rescue Centre. It's the least they deserve.
Hope you all have a great #moonbearmonday and a fantastic week.