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01/23/2013

Animals Asia sanctuary stays in Vietnam!  »

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Animals Asia is the No 1. (if not only) organization that rescues and houses moon bears from the bear bile trade in China and Vietnam, while working to end that awful practice. We love them!

Last year Animals Asia’s $2 million, 29-acre Rescue Center in Tam Dao National Park was threatened with eviction by the Vietnamese government. But they worked it out, and can stay! “Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung has concluded that the rescue center’s operation should be maintained, and that construction on the project’s second phase should continue,” said Communications Manager Maya Gottfried.

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This is wonderful news not only for the 104 resident bears, but the 77 human employees of the center, as well as the tens of thousands bears being held and milked for their bile in China and Vietnam. Thanks, Vietnam! And thanks to Animals Asia for tireless work on behalf of the bears.

[Photos via Animals Asia]

04/25/2012

There may now be slightly less bear-murdering in New York state.

NPR reports that New York state, which has allowed the hunting of black bears since governments started making laws regarding wild animal-killing, has just passed the very first regulations on the trade of black bear parts. Wildlife officials don’t want people killing black bears in neighboring states and selling them in New York; poaching bears “has been a problem nationwide for years,” which this law is designed to combat.

Now, anyone selling bear parts in New York must document that the bears whose bodies once held those parts—particularly gallbladders—were killed legally. That shouldn’t be too much of a problem in New York, where permitted hunters can kill black bears, easy peasy. See, they’re not mad about killing bears, they’re mad about killing bears illegally, only for the gallbladders and paws, for use in “Asian medicine.”

Yeah, “Asian medicine.” Remember how in some Asian countries, they farm bears for their bile, and it’s absolutely fucking disgusting? In the U.S., they poach wild bears, take their gallbladders, and leave their bodies. Man we are the BEST at animals, right, humanity?

Listen to the whole story, or read it at NPR. Obviously we hate all bear-killing, but if this law stops the murder of bears exclusively for a few of their parts, it’s not the most objectionable thing. Right?

08/16/2011

Murder-suicides: not just for humans anymore!   »

A mother bear in China killed her cub and then herself. Why? To escape the bear bile industry. You know, FUCKING BILE, that tasty digestive juice produced by the liver and stored in the gall bladder. That shit contains a chemical that can be synthesized now used in traditional Chinese medicine to treat heart arrhythmia, so this industry is totally still relevant—NOT.

The bears, Asiatic black bears or “moon bears,” at such bile farms have their gall bladders “milked” (GAG ME) daily in “crush cages,” which don’t provide enough room for bears to stand upright or turn around. You can tell it hurts them because the bears moan and chew their paws while this is happening. No SHIT it hurts!
This is what bear bile farming looks like.

And that’s exactly how the mother bear knew what was up: Reports claim she heard her cub crying while workers attempted to poke a milking hole in his little bear tummy. She BUSTED OUT OF HER NEARBY CAGE and scattered the workers. After an unsuccessful attempt to free her cub, she gave him a hug and then strangled him to death. Finally, she dropped the poor dead cub to the ground before running headfirst into a fucking wall.

This whole disaster supports my theories that 1) bears are awesome and 2) humans are terrible. Please donate to Animals Asia to help end bear farming. I’m going to go vomit now.

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