Yeah this is a true and a sad news. Bears in China are going on hunger strike, the least they can do while remaining captive in small cages which are not even big enough for them to stand or roll over. What they have to do is to just lie on their backs for all the time.
Especially Bile bears are very important for Chinese. As the name mentions, these animals produce 'bile' in their liver which is then stored in gall bladder. This bile is a key ingredient in traditional Chinese medicine.China and Vietnam are on the top of the list regarding bile bears.
Thus the caged bears are raised for bile extraction. A catheter tube is used for this purpose, which the World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA) says would be 'incredibly painful' for the bear'.Bile is typically tubed from the gall bladder at least twice a day.
'The bile is removed from the bear by inserting a catheter tube through a permanent incision in the abdomen and gall bladder. Sometimes a permanently implanted metal tube is used.',reports a wildlife campaigner.
Asiatic black bears, one of the many to be used for bile production, have already become endangered . Even the World Conservation Union has also listed this animal in 'endangered species' and requested human mankind to let them free.
The attached image which you can see above shows a caged bear at a private restaurant in Van Dinh town, Northern province of Ha Tay,Vietnam for nearly two years.
The bear bile has also started being used in non-medicinal products such as wine and shampoo in China according to the World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA) report. The bile also contains some specific compounds e-g ursodeoxycholic acid (UDCA) which is helpful in treating kidney problems and stomach and digestive disorders. Hence its demand has increased vastly in the previous years.
Now these bile bears are going on complete hunger strike which has disturbed the concerned people.In order to free themselves from this life long suffering, they are commiting suicides.Well what can one expect other than this in return of facing such harsh conditions?? Certainly these poor creatures also want freedom just like other animals.
The cages in which they are kept, are known as 'crush cages'which measure about 2.6 feet by 4.2 feet by 6.5 feet.
Now you people need to wake up and protest against these farms.Worldwide models,actors,designers like Lisa B,Brian Blessed, Elizabeth Emanuel,Trudie Goodwin have all come together to support the WSPA (World Society for the Protection of Animals) campaign against China's bear bile farms. It is high time that we people also come together for the noble cause by supporting them!