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Mother bear kills cub and then itself

Postby markfch » Sat Aug 06, 2011 9:58 pm

A story which affected me deeply.

http://www.asiaone.com/News/Latest%2BNe ... 92947.html

The Chinese media has reported on an extraordinary account of a mother bear saving her cub from a life of torture by strangling it and then killing itself.

The bears were kept in a farm located in a remote area in the North-West of China. The bears on the farm had their gall bladders milked daily for 'bear bile,' which is used as a remedy in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM).

It was reported that the bears are kept in tiny cages known as 'crush cages', as the bears have no room to manoeuvre and are literally crushed.

The bile is harvested by making a permanent hole or fistula in the bears' abdomen and gall bladder.

As the hole is never closed, the animals are suspect to various infections and diseases including tumours, cancers and death from peritonitis.

The bears are fitted with an iron vest, as they often try to kill themselves by hitting their stomach as they are unable to bear the pain.

A person who was on the farm in place of a friend witnessed the procedures and told Reminbao.com that they were inhumane.

The witness also claimed that a mother bear broke out its cage when it heard its cub howl in fear before a worker punctured its stomach to milk the bile.

The workers ran away in fear when they saw the mother bear rushing to its cub's side.

Unable to free the cub from its restraints, the mother hugged the cub and eventually strangled it.

It then dropped the cub and ran head-first into a wall, killing itself.


Many TCM practitioners have denounced the use of bear bile in their treatment as there are cheaper herbs and synthetics that can be used in its place.

Bear bile is traditionally used to remove 'heat' from the body as well as treat high fever, liver ailments and sore eyes.
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Re: Mother bear kills cub and then itself

Postby kiddo » Sun Aug 07, 2011 10:10 pm

I visited this kind of farm before many many years ago but
dont know why they are in these torturing small cages then
on a tour. Very sad to see that.

Understand there are volunteer that rescue these bear in this
situation and nurse them to health on a big piece of land
sponsor by a HK chap.
Some of the bear never survive the nursing and died because
the infection in such unhygience place eventually kill them :sad:

If there is no demand no buying there will not be these farmers.!

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Re: Mother bear kills cub and then itself

Postby starlight1968sg » Sun Aug 07, 2011 10:14 pm

Human doing inhuman things! Wish the bears are fierce enough to attach these farmers !

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Re: Mother bear kills cub and then itself

Postby Kissgurami » Sun Aug 07, 2011 10:34 pm

:(

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Re: Mother bear kills cub and then itself

Postby Chenonceau » Sun Aug 07, 2011 10:43 pm

We can each help by spreading the word... and explaining the situation to those people who eat bear bile.

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Re: Mother bear kills cub and then itself

Postby 1amber » Sun Aug 07, 2011 11:25 pm

Poor bears! This is sickening to the core!

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Re: Mother bear kills cub and then itself

Postby Picolo » Mon Aug 08, 2011 12:09 am

I am outraged and saddened by such inhumane practice. :sad: :mad:
http://www.asiaone.com/static/multimedi ... 0805_bear/

Those involved ought to be put through the same torture...

Anyone knows what animal rights organisations can do to stop this?

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Re: Mother bear kills cub and then itself

Postby looking4Tutor » Mon Aug 08, 2011 8:17 pm

An utter contrast of some local girls who dump their new borns away.

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Re: Mother bear kills cub and then itself

Postby carebear » Mon Aug 08, 2011 8:43 pm

Stop consuming bear bile!
Stop eating foie gras too!
Stop taking shark fins!

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Re: Mother bear kills cub and then itself

Postby markfch » Mon Aug 08, 2011 9:46 pm

I'm not a vegan, not by a long mile. I accept that it's ok to kill (animals) to survive.

But for heaven's sake, do not prolong the agony of the suffering animals.

One of my overseas friends once told me he visited a particular asian country and saw people eating monkeys' brains (apparently the monkey was still alive and clamped to the table, I hope he's lying). If it's true, this is so sick I think it's demonic.
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