Traps were laid in the wild illegally. When the bear was trapped, she lost not only her paws and four limbs for a good fortune of money, but she was locked up in the cage and had to endure daily torture of bile collection up to 25 or 30 years. This bile collection process requires a hole to be cut in the bear stomach and an iron pipe inserted into the bear gall bladder. Bile was then taken several times a day. The entire procedure was done without anaesthetic in order to save cost. The pain was excruciating. The bear could not bear it and attempted to kill herself by punching her stomach. However, human prevented this suicide act by forcing the bear to wear an iron vest. With this iron vest, her movement was restricted; committing suicide was an impossible task. A mother bear knew it too well. When the bear worker wanted to open up her cub’s stomach, the mother bear broke open the cage and went after the cub. After failing to release the chained cub, she hugged the cub. The mother bear then killed the cub to save it from a life of hell.
A friend asked me for a favour. He needed my assistance to manage a bear farm for a few days. The location was remote and unknown by many.
I reached there at night. It was just before dawn, but I was still not able to sleep. I could hear the wind blow, as if someone was weeping with pain and hopelessness. At that very moment, I heard the sound of the door moving and heavy breathing. I sat up, pulled to a stand and turned on the light. "Who is it?" There was no answer. The silence was terrifying.
I reached out and grabbed a broom. Gently, I walked to the door and with a quick pull, opened it. Ha ! It’s a bear cub curling up her body looking sheepishly as me. I extended my hands and the cub waddled towards me. She rested her small palms on my hands. Then she licked my hand with her warm and soft tongue. It was so heart-warming.
Suddenly, I heard commotion from far. The cub quickly went under my bed.
Then, there was a knock on the door.
I opened the door and asked, “What’s up?”
A man said, “A bear cub just escaped from the bear farm. Has it come to disturb you?”
“Oh, yes, there it is.” I pointed at the cub’s hiding place.
The man squat down and grabbed the cub with one hand. With such roughness, he pulled the bear out and tied her four limbs to a long wooden stick. They lifted the stick and the cub was carried away from the room. As she left, she turned and gave me a begging and pitiful look.
After dawn, the worker on-duty, Zhang took me to see the bears. In a few thousand square meters wide and tall building, six cages were placed in an open space. In every cage, there laid a black and weary bear. What puzzled me was the shining metal around their bodies.
Zhang told me, “This iron vest is used to extract bile from the bear body. Now, the price of this bile is 300 yuan per gram.” He took me to the first cage, gesturing to me, “Let’s start the bile extraction."
I saw two sturdy workers tied up the bear’s body and pulled, through a pulley, a rope that was connected to the iron vest. They shouted, “Hi....!” and I saw the bear’s body contracted as they pulled. Suddenly, the bear gave out a hysterical roar, “Woo....!”. That was not really a roar. It has changed to a desolate and sorrowful cry. Her eyes showed endurance of excruciating pain. With restricted movement and space, she tried to struggle with her four limbs, kicking the ground with, “Ze la, Ze la” sound, which was such a pain to hear. At that very instant, I could hear the dripping sound of liquid coming out from a steel pipe under the bear’s stomach.
The workers then slowly released the rope followed by another long hard pull, as they repeated the extraction procedure. Another hoarse cry was heard. I saw the tears drop from the bear’s eyes. Similar to how a human would response to pain; the bear clenched its teeth and bent its body. It was such a heart-breaking scene! I could not bear to watch any further. I turned and walked away.
At that moment, I suddenly realised, the moaning cry before dawn came from these tragic bears.
Zhang followed me to the door. With trembling voice, I asked him, “Have you lost your humanity? These are living things!”
Zhang dismissed it, “Not that we have any choice. This is how we earn a living.”
Calming down, I asked him with a heavy heart, “How often do you need to extract the bile?”
He replied, “That depends. If the bear has good supply of bile, we will do it once or twice a day. The bear with less bile will be performed once in two days. Generally, a bear can produce 2000g of bile annually for 10 years.”
I trembled. Twice a day for 10 years, these are monstrous numbers! The bear has to go through such deadly torture twice a day, living a life without hope, for 10 years; 7200 times of flesh piercing pain; enduring it day after day, year after year. Even if this happens to the strongest human, he will not be able to sustain it. My heart ached with pain.
I wanted to leave. Zhang said, “In a short while, a surgery will be performed on the cubs. You cannot leave at this critical moment. You are representing Mr. Liu. If you leave and something goes wrong, who is going to bear the responsibility?”
Reluctantly, I followed him back to the bear room. Under his instruction, four sturdy workers brought in a cub and tied it up with chain. The cub looked at everyone with horror. When she saw me, her eyes brightened up. The cub dropped to her knees and begged me. I felt tears in my eyes.
Zhang waved his hands, instructing the workers to start the surgery.
In great despair, the cub lifted her head and cried, “Wooo....” She burst into tears. It was the most sorrowful and soul-touching cry I have ever heard in my life. It was as if knowing the human language, the cub shouted out the word, “Mom....”. Even the workers were startled.
At that very moment, an extra-ordinary shocking scene took place. A bear in a cage let out a loud cry. With her large hands and all her strength, she pushed open the thick iron bar and jumped out of the cage. The workers were terrified and fled away immediately.
Startled, I didn’t move. It was as if my legs had grown lead and I was not able to move an inch. However, the bear ignored my presence. She rushed to the cub. With her large hands, in awkward movement, she frantically tried to release the cub from the chain. Despite her best effort, she failed to release the cub. So, she kissed the cub and nestled her in her arms with a heavy heart. She licked the cub’s tears lovingly, crying, “Hmm ..hmmm....” to soothe the cub. The cub cried out, “Hoooo....”, as if calling her mom, asking her for rescue.
Suddenly, the bear let out a loud cry. With her large hands, she strangled the cub’s neck with all her might. She roared as she strangled until the cub’s body fell to the ground. Then, she released her hands. Looking at her dead child, she whimpered, as if saying, ”My child, I cannot save you, but you are not going to suffer any more. I’m so sorry.”
She bit her own hair. Then, she grabbed the iron vest and pulled it off her body. Together with the vest, the metal pipe flew out of the gallbladder. The fur at her stomach was covered with red blood as it dripped out of her stomach. She let out another cry, as if she has gone hysterical, and went towards the wall. “Bang!”. The wall collapsed.
I was in shock. I could not recall how I left this brutal place.
For a whole day, my mind was preoccupied with these tragic scenes. I asked myself, “Was the mother bear’s move an act of motherly love? I believe so. It was an act of helpless motherly love. At that moment and place, she did not have the ability to help her child to escape from the twenty years of hellish torture. Under such helpless and desperate situation, she can only destroy the beloved child she has created. She then took the same path to follow her child, hoping to accompany her. “
Bear Bile Farming
Bear bile farming is still practised in Asia where the bears are kept in small cages and bile is extracted for traditional medicine. There are a few methods used for bile extraction. The most recent technique is called ‘free dripping’. It involves making a permanent hole or fistula into the bears’ abdomen and gall bladder.
During bile milking, a metal tube will be used to poke through the hole to reach the gall bladder and break the membrane, so that the bile is released. This process is often done without anaesthetic and sterilization.
The wound from the bile extraction was never closed. So, the wound never recovered. After months and years of this physical torture, many of these bears suffer from infections, diseases, tumour, cancer growth and death from peritonitis (inflammation of the peritoneum, the serous membrane, that lines part of the abdominal cavity and viscera).
The bear in the photo above had liver cancer. Prior to rescue, this bear’s paws were chopped off, and bile extraction was performed a few times a day on her.
The iron vest worn by the bear was already in bad shape; it showed countless times of bile extraction have been performed on the bear.
Some people think that the bear’s paw is one of the best delicacies in the world, and it tastes the best when the paw is cut alive. This is truly absurd.
Jill Robinson Needs Support in Bear Rescue Operations
Mother of the China black bear, Asian Animal Protection Association founder Jill Robinson, carved a tattoo of two Chinese character, “月熊” (Moon Bear), on her right shoulder. For years, she has been running around for the black bear rescue operations. She wanted to build a larger rescue centre for the bear, but until now, the fund is not ready.
The photo above showed Jill with the bear she has just rescued. The bear was wearing the suicide-prevention iron-vest.
This bear has been kept in a cage for 22 years. She is not able to turn her body and stand up straight. All she has is pain. No trees, no sunshine, only darkness! No freedom, no ending, only torture!
Black bear suffers excruciating pain during bile extraction. To prevent the bile from spilling everywhere, the bear who wears the iron vest can only stay in a fixed posture in the cage. Only the head can move freely, the rest of the body are tied up and are unmovable. Every bear that has been through bile extraction is as thin as a skeleton. The only movement they can make is to desperately shake their head.
Bears Rescued from Torturous Bile Farm
Excerpt from Wikipedia : Statistics of Bile Bears
Population figures for the Moon bears in China are causing concern, with estimates ranging from 50,000 to as low as 16,000. Some estimates put the total Asia-wide population as low as 25,000.
There are estimated to be 4,000 bile bears in Vietnam, where their bile can sell for 100,000 dong (~ US$6.25) a millilitre (with 37,500 dong a week regarded as the poverty line for an urban resident), and around 9,000 bile bears in China. The World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA) conducted a study in 1999 and 2000, and estimates that there are 247 bile-bear farms in China, holding 7,002 bears, though the Chinese government has called the figures "pure speculation."
In July 2000, Animals Asia Foundation, a Hong-Kong based charity, signed an agreement with the Chinese government to remove 500 endangered Moon Bears from the worst bile farms in Sichuan province, and work towards ending the practice. Today, the China Bear Rescue has placed 219 previously farmed Moon Bears at a Sanctuary in Chengdu, and is helping to advance the concept of animal welfare in China.
The Chinese consider bear farms a way to reduce the demand on the wild bear population. Officially 7,600 captive bears are farmed in China. According to Chinese officials, 10,000 wild bears would need to be killed each year to produce as much bile. The government sees farming as a reasonable answer to the loss of wild bears from poaching, and at the same time are indifferent to the cruelty issues that concern Western animal rights activists. However, the government's agreement to allow the rescue of 500 bears may represent a softening of this stance.
Bear Bile Consumption Can Cause Liver and Kidney Damage
Vietnam’s top traditional medicine doctor, Doctor Nguyen Xuan Huong, and his equally eminent Chinese counterpart, Professor Liu Zhengcai, have both warned consumers against the bear bile intake, and cited recent medical cases where consumers are suffering from liver and kidney damage.
Traditional Chinese Medicine Do Not Need Bear Bile
Bear bile tasted bitter and is considered cold medicine. It has been used in China’s pharmacopoeia for thousands of years. It is used to remove heat from the body, to treat high fever, liver ailments and sore eyes.
There are many natural alternatives to bear bile for these treatments that are cruelty free. Bear bile can be replaced easily and cheaply by herbs and synthetics. No one will die if they do not consume the body fluid of bears. On the contrary, there are cases published in Vietnam where people were dying of liver and kidney disease after bear bile consumption. For some people who took it for increasing sexual strength, theyare now impotent.
In fact, many Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) doctors are furious about bear farming. They could not accept how the body fluid of mentally and physically degraded animal can be in harmony with nature, the core belief of traditional medicine of health.
The President of the American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Lixin Huang, has actually demanded that the bear farmers stop using traditional medicine as their excuse for farming bears, saying that ‘we don’t need it’.
Jill Robinson ran a “Healing without Harm” campaign and observed thirty Traditional Chinese Medicine shops removing bear bile from their shelves in China. Some of these shop owners even burnt it for public demonstration in the streets. All this was performed in front of the local police who also gave them the big thumbs up.
Bear bile is not a rare and precious traditional Chinese medicine. It can be completely replaced by herbal or synthetic medicine. Please spread this information around, so that people are aware, so that more people will stop buying these bear bile products.
With no demand for bear bile, there is no supply.
Let us save the black bear. Let us all do something about it.
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Justine Leiner on March 06, 2019:
This is so inhumane I can't believe this day in age that more is not being done to save these precious being's makes me sick to my stomach.. MONSTERS are REAL !!!
Jude Anne on February 26, 2018:
I cried watching this and I am not one to cry when I am sad. How the hell is this allowed. Terrible. What the hell do you need bear bile. Keep it for the bear and her baby. The bear featured in this was such a brave mom. Just goes to show you that bears and animals have emotions and can feel pain. Something has to change, China, your country has very intelligent people who can come up with alternatives. God bless Jackie Chan for speaking out on this matter. Terrible, terrible. There are a lot of good Asian who do want to help these beautiful animals; work with them. Don't keep torturing animals.
ROBYN W on February 23, 2018:
THIS IS HORRIFIC AND SOOOO SAD .. THIS MUST BE STOPPED NOW. THESE ASIANS HAVE NO CARE FOR ANYTHING THEIR METHODS ARE SO CRUEL AND NOT GOOD . THEY SAY THIS IS A TRADITION BUT ITS NOT THEY JUST ARE EVIL ... THESE ANIMALS ARE NOT HERE FOR US TO BE CRUEL , TORTURING OR KILLING THEM .... THIS MUST BE STOPPED. I PRAY TO THE LORD THAT ALL ANIMALS ARE TREATED WITH LOVE AND THE CRUELTY STOPS .
Barbara mullins on February 21, 2018:
SANAE yoko on February 20, 2018:
That is too bad ! Need to ban this !
Emma Thomas on January 03, 2018:
Bear bile doesn't even have any scientific benefits for anything. Its just cruel & barbaric. It must stop!
gloria bruce on January 02, 2018:
this is so bad it needs to stop
Pascale De Block on January 02, 2018:
How can people be so barbaric at 2018!!!???? Stop this horror for the bears asap please!!!!!
Marcy on December 07, 2017:
Sickening, heartless, profit-driven practice: bile extraction.
Fahima Sahabdeen on August 14, 2017:
No wonder we are all being destroyed. We are the cursed species, too cruel to exist.
Sarah on May 05, 2016:
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So, Ingeria, I understand that you are a woman. My comment is not intended to attack you but to ask how as a woman you could allow those people to take the bear cub. I have been aware of the plight of moon bears (Asian sun bears) ever since 2004. I am a donor to Animals Asia and I won't forget about how these gentle giants are treated until every single bile farmer is shut down.
But, my question to you is sincere. Normally as women we are born with certain nurturing qualities. I would like to know how you as a woman could stand by and watch as these beautiful animals were abused. I would like to know why you let them take the cub. I could not have given up that cub without a fierce physical fight. That says a lot because I have never been in a physical fight in my life and I have never touched anyone in anger for any reason. But when I hear of extreme animal abuse, the momma bear comes out in me. I am pretty sure the rage would build in me. What I don't understand with women like you is how you can stand and watch such cruelty. How is it possible? How can you stand by and do nothing? Don't you possess any of those fierce momma bear qualities that would make you tear up a room to save an innocent baby cub? I simply do not understand this. Now that I am a mom of two children, I know even more what it means to be a mother bear. I am kind and gentle to everyone I meet. But if someone messes with my children, they don't stand a chance in hell. I will be more ruthless than the Terminator to get to harm whoever tries to harm my children. Don't you have a single element in your nature?
Charlie Talbot on August 14, 2015:
What horrible people I hope they get what's coming to them
monica on August 14, 2015:
the person who didn't save this cub when it came to you to help her is just as sadistic as the people who murders these beautiful animals I truly hope you never sleep again you could have saved maybe one or two cubs just for the plain greed of bile maybe you should just take it from the humans that tortured these beautiful beings I mean you were going to extract bile from these animals surely you were aware of how they did these barbaric extraction before you went there even I knew and I live in Australia Ingenira you failed the trust this cub put in you I am gathering it was you who went there to assist truly hope you are not a woman because no woman could stand there and watch what happens to the bears I am repulsed by this and by you also you betrayed this poor little being and he/she ended up dying along with her mother bet you wont even reply to any of us who are disgusted/revile/repulsed by your actions
bridamiro on August 13, 2015:
WHY WHY WHY????? you gave this little cub to them? I can't believe it ... you were part of this...sorry, you failed to this little guy...
barbie baugh on August 13, 2015:
Susie Lehto from Minnesota on December 06, 2014:
After reading this yesterday, I went outside and wept for the bears and prayed. My tears froze on my face and eyelashes, as I looked around me at the beauty of nature in the bright moon light and snow covered ground. May God hear our cries and move upon the land to stop bear bile farming.
Mary Norton from Ontario, Canada on December 06, 2014:
This is really inhuman and I agree with the others that acts such as these need to be stopped.
Suzie from Carson City on December 06, 2014:
Amen....dressage! I literally had nightmares last night that story affected me so deeply.
Stephen J Parkin from Pine Grove, Nova Scotia, Canada on December 06, 2014:
Unfortunately I know that stories such as this are all too true. I like many others here believe that those ordering the treatment need to be locked up and treated the same way. Normal incarceration or execution would be too kind for them.
Suzie from Carson City on December 06, 2014:
Although I clearly saw the words, "True Story" in your title......as I began to read, I knew there had to be some mistake or explanation. I was sure it was horrendous fiction.
I have never heard of this barbaric, unforgivable practice and quite frankly, I'm sorry I even read this.
I am sick at heart and terribly sad and outraged that any civilization of humans do this without a single thought of the extreme cruelty. I cannot bear to even imagine this or think about the fact that all of these beautiful animals of nature are tortured, maimed, and put through such egregious procedures.......
The individuals who do this must be evil, heartless, murderous monsters......IMO, THEY should be lined up against a wall, chained, abused, tortured and have body parts chopped off....and simply left to die. I am sick, horrified and disgusted. This is the most upsetting and nightmarish hub I have ever read in my nearly 4 years here.
Shyron E Shenko from Texas on December 06, 2014:
I felt so sad for the bear and her cub. I don't like anything or anyone to be mistreated.
I wish everyone would stop buying from China. If everyone would read this maybe something would be done.
M L Morgan on December 06, 2014:
I will be honest, I can't stomach articles like this. I respect your ability to research and write it, but I feel physically distraught when confronted with any animal cruelty. It sickens me and I lose all faith in humanity. Well done to those of you who can stomach reading articles and looking at pictures; you are brave and resilient. I would end up dwelling on the issue all day long and it wouldn't help anyone.
Thank you for writing. I hope it helps to raise awareness and stop animal cruelty x
VioletteRose from Atlanta on December 05, 2014:
This is so hard to read, and I didn't want to read most of the part. But I appreciate you for writing this. Hopefully people read this and spread awareness against the cruelty by humans on poor animals.
Susie Lehto from Minnesota on December 05, 2014:
I hated reading this, seeing the photos and watching the videos. I am ashamed to be a part of the human race because of people who inflict such pain upon these beautiful creatures for no other reason than money. This makes me sick.
Snakesmum on December 05, 2014:
Sorry, but after reading the feed quote and other comments, I can't possible read this hub, although I agree that this torture should stop. I feel for the animals and help organisation with donations, but hate to see images and read about this cruelty.
Elsie Hagley from New Zealand on December 05, 2014:
I have never ever heard anything like this before. I'm in shock and wished I had never read.
So sad poor animals, I'm lost for words, it's got to stop.
Thanks for writing about it.
Lisa Marie Gabriel from United Kingdom on December 05, 2014:
Heartbreaking and difficult to read but this obscene torture has to be stopped and how can it be stopped if we turn our eyes away? If Hell exists there will be a very special place in it for those who profit from animal torture. Good luck saving the poor bears.
Juliet Stewart-Austin from San Antonio, TX. on December 05, 2014:
Beautifully written, yet I cannot help but think, I'd much rather not have read this. Such cruelty. Thank you for shedding light on a very horrible practice.
Mohammad Tanvir Ibne Amin from Dhaka on December 05, 2014:
This is called a true love belongs to mother. Very sad story. Love the story. Good synchronizing.
mikmaq on July 15, 2014:
And we have these people who make tons of money actors, sport people, lawyers, king, queens , tec people, bankers, gov. people. Why cant they stop this crime/
Angie Power from North Cali on September 16, 2013:
Oh my gosh. This is HORRIBLE. I have never heard of this before. I will never understand why / how some humans have absolutely no humanity or compassion towards animals. This disgusts me. - Thank you for writing about it, posting it and making people aware of it.
CommandoAndo on January 26, 2013:
I'm going to enjoy punching some Chinese bear bile farmers when I go to China.
daniel on December 14, 2012:
why human so cruel toward animal? just because the strong eat the weak? no other food can help human to survive? this story really sad. even bear can show her feelings. human just need to be gone and let the nature take it course and all would be better; for sure!
Kayla on September 25, 2012:
I cried when I wasent there to see what happened thats crazy that you caused her so much pain and forced to kill herself and her baby she gave that cub life so he can be happy with his mom and you made her take that life away.Do you enjoy watching this?Are you proud of what you've done. You all should have to go through the pain she has gon through ,you should be forced to kill your child and live with it, your hands should be chopped off. I hope your proud of what you've done cause you can all go to hell
Jackie Lynnley from the beautiful south on September 23, 2012:
What a horrible thing, just unbelievable men can be so cold and heartless.
Jo4 on September 21, 2012:
This is a truly heartbreaking story, I found it very difficult to read and cried a lot while doing so. I really don't understand why this is going on in the world. I feel guilty to say that I couldn't bring myself to watch the video. I've watched some other animal awareness films and have found them to be overwhelming and extremely difficult to get out of my head. I'm not able to watch video footage any more but am very aware of animal cruelty in the world and educate myself as much as possible. Living a cruelty free lifestyle is very important to me and a priority. I feel very sick and disgusted by what is happening to these poor bears and any ill treatment that humans inflict on all animals. I was a vegetarian for 14 years and now a(trying my best) vegan for nearly 2 years. I don't believe animals are there for us to treat this way, it horrifies me to think of the suffering. I hope that the awareness of this will spread, I will link this article on twitter to try and help. I truly admire Jill Robinson for facing the horror and trying to save the bears, my heart and best wishes go out to her. Thank you for writing this and making me aware, I feel ashamed to say that I didn't know that this went on until now.
Lyndi on September 14, 2012:
Very sad story. Let's send love and healing to these bears, money to this cause and please please please try not to hate the people who have done this. Let's send them compassion that they might find another way to make a living. Anybody whose heart is so closed to this atrocity and the enormous suffering of these poor innocent animals has probably also suffered hugely. Dear bears, you are in my prayers xxxx
Charlene on September 14, 2012:
This is just so sick! In China, animal or ecological lives are not given highly importance, in other words, life is not being valued here, totally. All kinds of animal here are can be eaten and a source of their income - from shark to peaceful turtle. They don't care at all! As I get to know more about animals, the more I love them than the behavior of people.
peachy from Home Sweet Home on August 29, 2012:
Your article is superb. I shed tears when I read the mother bear killed her cub and took her life. The bear has emotion just like human being. These poachers should be killed instantly by the bears. No justice at all. God will punish those poachers and bring the cub and mother bear to heaven.
Laura on July 10, 2012:
The mother bear won.
Val on July 02, 2012:
Can we extract bile from those putting the animals thru this?
reagu from Los Angeles on May 24, 2012:
This is horrible. Certainly raised my pulse from anger.
Ingenira (author) on May 15, 2012:
Annisa, you can contact Jill Robinson from her website Animal Asia :
(Look under "Contact Us")
or Jill's blog :
Karamello Koala on May 15, 2012:
I am a first year university student studying Primary Teaching. I came across an article about bear bile and it brought tears to my eyes. I honestly reconsidered studying Education to have a career in stopping bear farming and animal cruelty.
Is there any possibility to get in contact with Jill Robinson about any information on maybe volunteering?
I cried as I read this article. It truly is horrible and so sad.
Back to the first sentence about university. I wrote that one sentence because next week we have to run a 35 minute lesson for six other students in my tutorial group. I am trying to work with all of the information I have (quite a lot!) and make that into a short lesson to spread the word. I was struggling with what to do for a lesson and found that bear farming would be a great topic. I feel very strongly about this and have watched and read so much into this. It not only gives me the opportunity to talk about something that I feel so strongly about, but it gives me the opportunity to spread the word and put a stop to this horrible practice!
Ingenira (author) on May 14, 2012:
50 Caliber, what a close encounter you had with the bear ! I enjoyed reading it. Thanks so much for sharing it with us.
50 Caliber from Arizona on May 14, 2012:
A well presented article that filled me in to what I thought I knew. A decade back bear hunting was put on the suspended list in California due to people shooting them and taking the gallbladder and leaving the rest of the animal. As a hunter I find that a low life action. Your article shows a whole different picture and covers it quite well. I was under false impression that a gallbladder brought 1200 US dollars, Your article shows it is the bile that is sought and breaks down to sell at 300 yaun per gram or 46 US dollars, a life time 2000 grams would be 92,000 US dollars. In my mind I just can't make the connection of 1200 for a single gallbladder vs the milking. Both extremely cruel as the poachers operated in all seasons, killing mothers leaving cubs to starve. The ban on legal hunters produced over population for habitat that man has left, and bears came to town for garbage cans to eat.
The ban was lifted and the state allowed the hunters to balance population and habitat. I have killed one bear while turkey hunting and only because the bear was bent on killing me. I have had run ins with bears and turned and ran as fast as a one legged man can to get out of the way and every time the bear did the same and we joked about it often around the camp fire when a buddy would see me trying to escape a fast moving bear going the other way. It was good humor and I never gave thought to a different outcome until I met and surprised a black bear as well as being surprised. Before I could turn to run it rared up on it's hind legs and did the big growl/roar showing fangs and took a swipe at me with a paw as big as my head and I jerked back and felt the wind. I raised a 10 gauge turkey shot gun with 3 shots in the tube and one in the barrel. I thought this is it, the shot gun won't stop a bear. He lunged and ran into the barrel and I don't know if I pulled the trigger or the push caused my finger to lose slack, but it went off and killed the bear with a full load and no time to spread, it hit the heart and he was a small 300 pound male and fell on me and I figured I was a goner, but he was dead weight and I was trying to get out from under him and get away from him in the event he was stunned. One of my buddies showed up and helped roll him far enough to get free. I had wet my pants and the barrel of the gun was swollen from the back pressure. So I've endured years of teasing over wetting my pants.
They are a powerful breed and it saddens me to hear and see what you have exposed. After notifying the game warden of shooting a bear out of season and in a no bear hunting zone the decision was made I could keep the bear after they saw the area and believed that we were not poaching bear. It furthered my attitude of not hunting bear because my rule is hunting for food only, and as hard as I tried I couldn't find a cut of 200 pounds of meat that was good. I ground it and canned it for dog food, nothing wasted. It is illegal to sell any parts, like teeth and claws, so I had the hide tanned and it hangs on a wall and his head is a scull mount showing the teeth with the claws in a circle around it showing the part they could shred you with. I'm not proud of it being there I just like letting those who see it know that there is no good that comes from killing an animal that hunts to survive as I do, but they like me only take what they can eat and humans are on their list, and I find that fair as we took way their habitat.
I would volunteer to go in to the facility(s) and free the survivable bears or do what I'd hope someone would do for me and end the misery of such a sad sad life.
Thank you for writing this,
Ingenira (author) on April 29, 2012:
Recently, I read in a local newspaper, on how the bear bile producer tried to twist the fact so as to get more people to buy the bear bile - mentioning how much the bear "enjoyed" the bear bile extraction process. It was really sickening to read it.
sord87 on February 26, 2012:
A few days ago my car hit a pigeon by accident while driving early in the morning,there were so many pigeons on the road and i never realized one pigeon was crossing the road.I cannot sleep well for 2 days thinking of this incident.I just cannot imagine how people can do bile extraction for money.They are really inhumane at all to do such thing to creatures of the earth.
Thanks Inginera for making me realize how human should be grateful as a protector of nature and all the living things on earth.
Freya Cesare from Borneo Island, Indonesia on February 26, 2012:
This is crazy! I can't believe human have ability to do such thing while human should become the one who protecting nature because we blessed by heart and brain. Crazy! T^T
Thank you for this shocking article. I'll shared it with my friends at facebook.
slickredrocket on February 24, 2012:
This is horrible but the abuse of animals is common, there are many bad people in this world. Do you drink tea? In India and nearby where they grow the tea plants, farmers are turning more and more land into farmland to satisfy the increasing demand for "Green Tea", and many different kinds that are popular. The bad part comes as the native elephants have less and less natural habitat to live in. They "raid" the farmland to find food to eat but are chased off, harassed, and sometimes killed for "raiding" the crops. When I become an established business owner, I vow to do my part in ending the various acts of cruelty. I was raised on a farm/ranch and I support the beef industry. I probably have a different view from most people here but that doesn't make me the enemy. I eat a lot of beef, chicken, and fish but I'm against cruelty. It's just not necessary for the most part and some of the actions of farmers and ranchers may look cruel but remember that cattle and pigs have much thicker skin and they can be stubborn sometimes. My opinion is to give the animals that were raised for a specific purpose is to give them the courtesy of a quick death Before starting to harvest anything. I apologize if I have offended anybody but you shouldn't condemn me, I can be a valuable asset with my experience and inside knowledge.
o-d on February 10, 2012:
OMG, humans are really inhuman... the story is really touching, I can't imagine how the mother bear felt during that time. Being tortured for like twenty two years, I think that if it would have been a day, I would have gone crazy.so sad i cant believe it, that the bears are being tortured like almost every hour.and the most sad part is that the mother sees that the bear is being taken away from her with out being able to help and the cub going into torture.
Dawn on February 02, 2012:
There are no words for the way I'm feeling after seeing the videos & reading all of this. I"m in tears. I'm sickened. & all I can do is just sit here in a numb & spacey state. I'm just in shock. I don't know how people can be so damned cruel to animals.
Bella on January 12, 2012:
This is so sad.. I find it hard to understand how humans can treat other living things in this way.. This article has touched me.
A huge well done to the Asian animal rights group who are helping these bears. keep up the good work and good luck in the future, lets hope this bile farming is banned.
Wolf lover14 from AR on December 30, 2011:
Why do this, God didn't put animals on the Earth to be killed or abused, im a child and I have been trying to stop this stuff since 2007 and its 2011 and its still not over, and as I type this comment right now an animal is either being abused or killed I just know it, beautiful story, and thank you for sharing this heart crushing story this brings tears to my eyes. You should also read mine about animal cruelty.
-Wolf lover14 has been trying to stop animal cruelty since 2007
Nadine Vaughan on December 27, 2011:
My heart aches for these bears. I cannot understand how these humans can be so inhumane...
LyttleTwoTwo from Canada on December 22, 2011:
This hub brought tears to my eyes and anger in the heart. To you I give kudjos for writing about such a heart wrenching practice, it was hard to read, must have been even harder to research and write. It wasn't the killing that got me, but the torture these animals endured.
Ken19144 from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on November 11, 2011:
Such a tragic but beautiful story. I really enjoyed that read.
Danielle Damico on October 30, 2011:
I think these people should ALL DIE!!! This is sick, these poor bear
James Jan on October 27, 2011:
completely agree with "Shameful Chinese".
I'm ashamed to be associated with the mainlanders for this very reason. Their lack of humanity astounds even the most HARDENED of hearts.
Julya on October 25, 2011:
It is possible to live, without killing animals for meat and clothes and other needs. Eggs, milk, cheese, a string bean, beans, groats, artificial warm fur coats. Is it not enough for living?
Shadowclaw191 on October 19, 2011:
If we can feel sad for bears, have you wondered that people kill cows? Chickens? Pigs etc? and we're not sad? See thats the problem. As bears, crocodiles , dolphins are not the usual food that we eat.We feel sorry for them?
Before you comment on me hating animals and should be shot with a bullet or more, this is true okay, if you are into seafood, then why do you not want to eat dolphins? The reason why is not because you find them innocent, and because that is not a daily food. Cows are bred as there is a demand for milk, chickens for eggs and meat, pigs for meat. If we want to stop this people, don't think you can just stop this activities just by killing the 'farmers' but you must find the source of the problem, to completely annihilate all traces of this. If we spread the word about this stuff, people will stop buying no?
Take some singaporeans for example(as i am one)we like to eat shark fins for wedding dinners. Thats why many sharks are caught, have their fins cut off and thrown back in the ocean. If we stop the people that want shark's fin, then the people that sell shark's fin will have nobody to sell to. So they might stop the selling of stuff. And shark's fin tastes like nothing(don't go to try it). It's just there to make it look 'nice and expensive' . And i hate it(as the soup tastes nice even without the fin), even if my family loves them.
And even if you torture them, and kick their ass so hard that their bile comes out from their asses,(which is how our bile exits normally) this is not the answer to solve the problem.
Most of the time, humans learn only when we lose. So, must we lose the bears and let them die out then we will learn the suffering of this animals? Like how we discovered the tasmanian tiger was innocent only after they were all gone? If there was a time machine, i would go back in time to stop the extinction of tasmanian tigers, but nope we don't have any. So i want to hold on to the belief that the lies of this 'sacred healing' recipe will come to an end.
Ingenira (author) on October 04, 2011:
Vietnam’s top traditional medicine doctor, Doctor Nguyen Xuan Huong, and his equally eminent Chinese counterpart, Professor Liu Zhengcai, have both warned consumers against the bear bile intake, and cited recent medical cases where consumers are suffering from liver and kidney damage.
Read more of the story here :
Kaitlin on September 28, 2011:
Made me cry...ive still got tears running down my face. To think that humans could really do this to another living being and think it's justified because they need a job? yeah? well those bears need to live!
Remus on September 17, 2011:
Cruelty to these animals is just so intolerable, I will support Jill forever
Sabrina W (M'sia) on September 08, 2011:
ps. stop all this cruelty against all this innocent souls
kelltatt on September 04, 2011:
The hate that I have for people that do this could never be put in to words. They should die, the same exact way these bears are. Going through excruciating pain and suffering for years. They should know how it feels. Bears and animals all over the world are tortured day by day, and it is the most horrifying thing to watch. I wish all the people who are torturing these animals to hell.
Traian on August 31, 2011:
Pryia, you said exactly what I had in mind. To kill your own baby and commit suicide for escaping a life of misery and torture proves intelligence and foresight, things that human beings thought are their own. Well, no! Seams like other animals, even if they are not technology dependent, have these qualities. And we don't have any right above these creatures. When I read about the cub, crying for help and mercy, the mother bear breaking free from her own cage, licking her baby's tears, to make her feel loved and cared for, trying to break the chain and after that, failing to do so, strangling her own baby with her hands to free her from any pain and suffering that the "human beings" were going to inflict to her for years and years... and after that smashing her own head against the wall to finally find peace.... I felt like dying myself, not in the moment they passed away, but before when the terrified mother bear was trying to free her cub. I felt the terror, the disappointment, the pain, the loss... This should make those vile workers free all the bears and find another decent way of earning money!!! I'm very empathic, so I can experiment all animals or humans feel, by putting myself in their position. It's very hard to live like that, but I wish everybody could do this. If so, no human being would treat bad, torture or kill any other living sentient being...
Susana Niemeyer on August 24, 2011:
Abominável,indigno, cruel, covarde! Fiquei em chouqe de ver esta reportagem! O que o Bicho Homem está fazendo com os animais, também criaturas de Deus! Quanta crueldade covarde e desnecessária com os indefesos animais que deveriam estar sendo respeitados e cuidados pelo Homem...esquecem-se das Leis do Retorno, do Cosmo e Divinas, aonde aquí se faz, aquí se paga e colhemos o que plantamos!
tlmcgaa70 from south dakota, usa on August 23, 2011:
this is sickening. i get the feeling people like this who accept and do these types of jobs don't do it just for the money...they actually get a kick out of torturing helpless creatures. the same with japans dolphin killings...if they must hunt and kill dolphins, surely they could do it in a humane way, but they choose to make it as slow and painful a death as they can. and the fur farms, they way they knock the animal out and begin stripping its furs while it is still alive, if it comes to and squirms and cries and tries to bite them they laugh. these people arent human...they are monsters. thank you very much for writing this hub. i didn't know about the bears. just when i think i have seen it all, something like this shows me there is no end to it. i shared it to both FB and twitter.
Tina on August 22, 2011:
Damn, society is so fcked up.
I understand that they need to make a living but, cant they find a job that's more acceptable? I hope all of those farmers would suffer like what they made those bears go through.
Ling on August 20, 2011:
I am really ashamed to be Chinese .. What rights do we have to render such pains to another living thing
lovemore on August 19, 2011:
Very sad. There is nothing like a mothers love for their child.
Omar Estupiñan on August 17, 2011:
I was unaware of this horrible practice until some friend shared the story of the mother bear-cub with me...As an animal lover, finding out about more and more stories and methods of cruelty towards animals, makes me very depressed and ashamed of being part of the human race. The imaginary cries of those bears are still haunting me. My only hope is that if there is a life after this one, things will be much fair for everyone.
razldazl on August 11, 2011:
there is no word to describe this, or ANY treatment of non humans... benjamin b said while he doesn't agree with most animal rights activists...what a ridiculous statement. because of animal rights activists atrocities like this are made public knowledge. thank you for writing the article. maybe next you could write about what western countries do to pigs, cows, chickens, etc.....
Chloe on August 10, 2011:
Its so sad how humans can resort to such inhumane practices just to satisfy their beliefs. This is such a sick act that must be condemned, what is the world coming to? I cried so much at this article, I really feel for the bears - this really angers me and I'm saddened at the fact that so little effort is being made to spread the issue and help it. The people torturing the bears, don't they feel anything at all, to make them suffer this fate for 20 years? Those people should burn in hell.
Judi Baker on August 06, 2011:
The govts don't care about these poor animals - all govts know what is going on in other countries but never get involved. I wish I could help Jill and other animal activists in person but if I can be one person telling ten others then one day I hope and pray that being human means caring not killing other living beings.
Randy Newell on August 05, 2011:
No excuse for this and really angers me. Bear bile is about as useful as Drano is for a sore throat.
JoshBerry26 on August 04, 2011:
This Story truly is Heart Breaking. :*( I can't even explain how i felt reading this. this is pure craziness. WHY DO PEOPLE LIKE THAT LIVE?! TORTURING ANIMALS?!?!?!?! THIS IS COMPLETELY OUT OF THE WORLD! :*[ as humans, we really really need to raise more awareness. thank you for the article..
whitton on August 02, 2011:
Until today I was unaware of bile farming for bears. As I read this article like many others my heart was broken. These poor animals that are being tortured is unacceptable. Thank you for this hub for making others aware of this. I think that is a healthy step in the right direction to get people to be aware and hopefully help these poor animals.
Ingenira (author) on August 01, 2011:
Ulya, Animal Asia has been working hard to rescue bear from bear bile farms for years. You can support and follow their activities from this website :
IzzyM from UK on August 01, 2011:
This was a very difficult hub to read - I now have tears in my eyes. I had never heard of this procedure before. Thank you so much for bringing this important topic to the world's attention. I hope pressure will be brought to bear (excuse the pun!) to stop this horrific cruelty.
fashion on July 31, 2011:
this is really a wonderful hub.
htodd from United States on July 30, 2011:
Billy on July 30, 2011:
Why u people talk only do something like donate your time or money for the cause,people always talk only but no action.
Gina on July 29, 2011:
Why don't these countries come into the twentyfirst century for God's sake. I can't stand reading about this stuff. If I was the person who actually witnessed this I would probably be in prison somewhere for trying to kill the people doing it.
Elle on July 29, 2011:
I see a lot of HYPOCRITES commenting. Do you guys seriously think the chickens, cows, or whatever animal you ate had a happy life? They ALL suffers like these bears. You want to argue that these poutry animals are killed swiftly and feel no pain? Really? No pain at all?
sarah on July 29, 2011:
People can be so cruel! Thank you for this sad but very important post. I wish there was a petition to sign for this. I would sign it in a heart beat!
love animals on July 29, 2011:
if I had won lots of money I would help all those animals who suffer and who are treated unfairly.
Thank you for there are people like you who did something about it ...
if the animals could talk they had loved you and understand that there are people who are there for them and want to help them from their evil.
Thank you shared with your story
jeanell on July 29, 2011:
My heart aches for those poor bears. And this story just broke my heart. How can these people not see what they are doing?? I just don't understand how someone can cause an animal to suffer like that.
Manish on July 29, 2011:
This people are not even fit to be called HUMANS!!They deserve a cruel death!! Hatss off to the rescue team! Please rescue this lovely bears asap! You have all our support!I will do my part to spread the msg!
Susan Lai on July 29, 2011:
Those people are not human. Is very heart breaking and sad. I cannot control my tears as i continue reading the above story. Its disgusting, those people who done cruety to those bears should go to hell. Long live the bears and hope they all can be rescure. In my part i'll forward to as many of my friends as i can.
Chami on July 29, 2011:
Such a sad story! I wished I haven't come across this because it will haunt me forever. But having said that I thank the author for posting such a mind opening , heart wrenching story about these innocent animals and their sufferings. I felt like I am going to pass out when I read about the way they extract bile from these living breathing beings. I wish people who read this story will do something, anything to stop this cruel practice.
colleen gaither on July 28, 2011:
I never new this practice was done!!! This is so sad, all of God's creatures have feelins. It truly sickens me that something like this is allowed to go on in the world today!!!!!!
Jasmine on July 28, 2011:
I don't even know what to say :( it's been 3 days since I read the article and I am still so emotionally effected.. I hope we all work together to stop this
agrippamom on July 28, 2011:
The people who are doing this need to have this done to them. This is one of the most horrifying things I have ever read about... people truly sicken me far too often.
Pat Chong on July 28, 2011:
I signed the petitiona and share it among my FB friends. Everyone do sign the petition as well. I am chinese heard about chinese eating bear and making medicine but did not know they doing such thing as farming and so much torturing to get the products. I have never tried the medicine nor ate any bear yet I felt so disgusted to be chinese. Hope more people will bring this to light and free the bears from further torture.
Peter on July 28, 2011:
saying that it is just for a living, who the hell are these people to make this heinous crimes. this is just an excuse. they should be punished 100x with what they're doing. hope this ends. i think for them this is the easiest way to earn money.
Lim Kar Guan on July 28, 2011:
I was so regret and repand for bought bear bile. I still remember, during that time I went to China, and the tourist guide brought me to a Tranditional Chinese Medicine factory and I was convinced by a doctor (provide by factory)(after consultation) to use bear bile (in powder) to clean my blood. I was so fear that the doctor will did some thing bad to me if I don't bought the product that he suggest. This is a very good lesson to me that do not simple let a Chinese Tranditional Doctor consult me If I am alone or in an alien place. Hope you guy can join me as a vegetarian to help the animals not just the bear and remember if we love the animals we need leave them far away. The trouble only happen when we are too close to them.
Jenny on July 28, 2011:
Thank you for posting this article, this made me cry. I know animal cruelty has been around for a long time already. The traditional practices can really be disgusting and inhuman. If there is no need and demand for the supply, I know bear bile farming will end. I just hope it will end soon before these beautiful moon bears are endangered.
Jeyasreedharan on July 28, 2011:
we have to change it if wanna save them now! stop buying this TCM bear bile product and they will stop tortute bears...we can see the diffrence!