Bear farming has become of the most terrifying practice
in Asian countries to extract bear bile and body parts.
The methods incorporated for bile extraction are horrific
and inhumane, but the bear farming industry continues
to use these methods, as the demand of bear bile and
other body parts has never subsided.
The bear farming industry, though, has a long-standing
need in the traditional medicines from the ancient times,
but around 1980, the bear farming industry was set up
to farm bears more intensively. The number of bears
kept captivated for bear farming across China was more
than 7,000, and there were some others in neighbouring
countries of Asia continent. Though the intention of
bear farming was good, and it was set-up to reduce the
number of bears poached from the wild, but scientists
and wild-life researchers feel that bear farming industry
is causing danger to the bears overall, in the region
of Asian continent.
Welfare issues of bears in bear farming
It goes without saying that all the animals suffer
physical and mental agony when they are removed from
their natural habitat. However, some animals do need
the protection of specialized areas to keep the species
alive, as some of them are utterly on the brink of extinction.
Bear farming industry, though had a good intention,
but it has turned out to be a market for bear bile and
other body parts of the bears. Bears are often kept
in cages that provide insufficient space for their movement,
and there is hardly anything that the bears can enjoy
or even relax. More often than not, they become the
inhuman showpieces for the spectators who come to see
them for their own enjoyment and fun.
The main purpose of bear farming that is negative to
the bears is the bile extraction process, which is most
often carried out in most inhuman method and by untrained
technicians. It goes without saying that bears suffer
a lot of pain due to this procedure. The pain and suffering
is often prolonged in its effect due to the insufficient
and inadequate habitat of the bears.
Curling up after the extraction, shivering, and holding
their paws to their stomach, are the commonest of signs
of bear suffering that they show after the bile extraction
It has also been seen that sometimes, the bears twitch,
gnash their teeth, bite the bars, and utter distress
calls during the bile extraction process, which can
pretty amply tell us the pain that they have to undergo.
Inadequate and inhuman habitat coupled with the torture
of this kind has really made the life of bears a real
tragedy to pity upon and work for their welfare!
Many organizations have recognized the bear farming
industry more as a trade industry rather than the poaching-saving
one, which was its primary intention. Many steps and
projects to reduce the suffering of bears in bear farming
have been formulated and acted upon by these organizations.
WSPA and help us stamp out cruel practices like Bear
Since 1981, The World Society for the Protection of
Animals has fought to realise a dream where animal
welfare matters and animal cruelty ends. Having successfully
eradicated the practice of Bear Dancing in Greece
and Turkey, we are now hoping to bring an end to the
inhumane industry of Bear Bile Farming. None of this
would be possible without the generosity of our supporters.