Bear Farming The horrors of bear bile farming, and bear baiting (Note: This is also the Web page for SaveThisBear.org)
Past Presentations Feb. 16, 2011 Presentation, Milford, MI The Horrors of Bear Farming Right now, at least 12,000 bears are suffering on bear bile farms in Asia. They are held captive in tiny "crush cages" the size of their bodies in shocking conditions.
Cubs grow into the bars as their bodies mature, immobilized in an iron corset - their life is a living hell. These bears are farmed needlessly for the bile contained in their gall bladders used in Traditional Asian Medicine.
"It's a torture chamber, it's a hell hole for animals..." Animals Asia Founder and CEO Jill Robinson
"It's a torture chamber, it's a hell hole for animals. As you can see, they literally can't move, they can't stand up, they can't turn around, they can just about put their paws out of the cage to feed themselves." Animals Asia Founder and CEO Jill Robinson
Alternatives to Bear Bile There are at least 54 cruelty free alternatives to bear bile. FAQs
Why is Become Known Involved? After learning about this horror, how can we not be? We are volunteering and using our PR skills to help spread the word to save these bears and end cruel bear farming and bear baiting forever.
Why do we Include Images and Videos? "I know that some of these images are difficult to witness but please do not turn away from them. We must see and understand what is happening to these bears in order to truly help them." Animals Asia founder Jill Robinson
Crush or "Coffin" Cages
To prevent them from struggling during the "milking" process, bears are totally constrained within wire cages, called "crush cages", the size of their bodies. Bears like Saskia, since rescued, are terrified as they spend up to a lifetime in barbaric cages like this where they can't move. Photo credit Animals Asia.
Irwin was nicknamed "Hagrid". His huge body was crammed into an impossibly small cage. Just try to imagine this poor bear having to live his entire life crammed into a cage smaller than his body. Irwin had a malignant, invasive inoperable and painful tumour, so he was euthanised before his condition could worsen. Photo courtesy Animals Asia. .
"Freeing China's caged bile bears" From the San Francisco Chronicle Jill Robinson's life was forever changed when she stole away from her tour group on a Chinese bear bile farm and descended a flight of stairs to a dark basement, where she saw the dim outlines of cages. Read the entire article "Freeing China's caged bile bears".
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Warning! Some videos below contain disturbing graphic images and sounds of bears in distress.
Bear farming easy to view cartoon PSA (public service announcement) with Dr. Katrina Warren
Stop Bear Farming (video above)
Animals Asia Moon Bear Rescue.
Interview with Jill Robinson, Founder of Animals Asia.
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The Moon Bear Story. With Jill Robinson, Founder of Animals Asia.
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