Have you ever heard of “Bile Bears”? Most people haven’t. And I can tell you it’s one of the most horrific and archaic acts still happening to these poor animals. Thanks to our relationship with KAWA (Korean Animal Welfare Association) from a previous rescue, we were able to assist in rescuing 22 such bears from South Korea that were subject to this terrible abuse.
Bear Bile Farming involves confining Bears into small rebar cages that are reminiscent of coffins. A tube is then surgically placed (not by professional surgeons) into the bears gallbladder to allow bile to drain into a bucket positioned below the cage. A metal belt is placed around the midsection of the Bears body in order to keep them from moving in any way that will cause the tube to fall out. The cage is then closed to make repositioning, rolling or even neck bending impossible. Many Bears live like this for years. The ones who die are actually considered the lucky ones.
Many people have stood up to fight this appalling industry that primarily takes place in Asian countries. Bile Farming is now illegal in South Korea and Vietnam, though it remains legal in China. Hundreds of thousands of dollars were spent bringing these 22 Bears to the USA and we couldn’t be more grateful that we were able to help them. But so many more Bears still need our help.
Your donations help change the lives of Bears like these, as well as so many other animals that are being abused and exploited. The Captive Wildlife battle rages on and with support from people who believe in our mission, TWAS will always be there to answer the call. Please donate and be a part of changing the lives of these and many other animals in need.
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