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December 2000

CHINESE TORTURE OF BEARS FOR PROFIT

We ask the Chinese government for compassion.

Today in China 10,000 (ten thousand) bears are kept prisoner for extracting bile from their gall bladders. The bears are kept in a horizontal position, in cages that look rather like coffins. They wear a metal collar and are held down by pressure bars. A catheter s introduced into their body that continuously absorbs the liquid from their gall bladders.

The bears cannot change their position and remain in this condition of permanent pain between 15 and 20 years! We cannot accept this cruelty, torture and barbarism to continue and be part of the life of these poor bears for another minute. With their paw they take some food through a little opening in the cage.

To quench their thirst they have to stretch their tongue to lick the bars of their prison. They suffer excruciating pain as they have to stay for an average of 15 years in the same position that deforms their bones. We are talking about 15 years or 180 months, or 5,475 days, or 131,400 hours or 78,844,000 minutes of continuous pain.

The bile serves a disgusting market: It is used to produce shampoos, aphrodisiacs and 'miraculous' remedies. During the extraction of the liquid, a tube is inserted in the gall bladder; one end of the tube stays outside the belly of the bear, linked to a machine that extracts the bile. The suffering of the animal exceeds the imagination: the bear wishes death, mutilates himself and tries to commit suicide.

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