PETITION: Ban the sale of Bear Bile/>
Target: President of the People's Republic of China - Xi Jinping
Asian moon bears are being exploited in China. Their populations have plummeted in the last decades, and recent estimates put the worldwide population at just 25,000. It has been estimated that upwards of half their population is currently in captivity, being farmed for their bile, which is used in traditional Chinese medicine. The conditions these bears are forced to live in are atrocious: they spend the majority of their lives in tiny “crush cages,” the sides of which can be moved inwards to restrain them. Their bile is “milked” from them several times a day, by way of permanently implanted catheters that often become infected. The death rate from injury is incredibly high. Mentally, the entire ordeal is so painful that the bears have been known to chew off their own paws. Some even kill themselves by punching themselves in the stomach to stop the pain. It is time for the Chinese government to listen to the will of the people and outlaw bear bile farming immediately. Scientists have scrutinized the health benefits of bear bile, but they have not been able to find any medicinal value in it.
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