Chinese scientists call for ban on bear farming

Apr 26, 2012 by Bob Yirka report

(Phys.org) -- Three Chinese scientists, Xia Sheng, Haolin Zhang and Qiang Weng, all from Beijing Forest University, have published a correspondence paper in the science journal Nature, calling for a ban on the practice of bear farming in China. Bear farming in that country is done to allow for the extraction of bile from the live animals to be used in traditional Chinese medicines (TCMs).

The trio make it clear that they are not against TCM, but insist that more humane ways must be found to obtain ingredients for them. They say that extraction of bile, from in living is painful and results in in as many as 30% of the bears kept for their bile.

Other groups such as Animal Asia say that living conditions for the bears is inhumane, pointing out that they are kept in small cages and have their teeth removed. Most develop , they say, and don’t live very long.

The public appears to side with the animal rights activists, as reports of a public outcry have been heard around the country following the application by Guizhentang, a pharmaceutical company that runs several bear farms, to go public to allow it to add more farms. The company claims to have developed a method of extraction that is not painful.

In their paper, the scientists say that there are alternatives to collecting bile from live bears such as finding substitutes or creating a lab version of it. But purists in China insist on the real thing and are willing to pay for it, and thus, the practice of bear farming goes on as it has for 3,000 years. The group is calling for the Chinese government to ban the practice of bear farming and to outlaw inhumane treatment of animals, particularly those kept for the purpose of providing ingredients for TCM.

Currently as many as 10,000 Asian black bears (known in China as moon bears) are held in bear farms across the country, which has no laws protecting animals, though the sale of bear bile is specifically allowed. Asian black bears are an endangered species.

Thus far, there has apparently been no reply to the paper from the National Congress of the Communist Party of China, the body that has the authority to ban the practice of bear farming.

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More information: Traditional Chinese medicine: China's bear farms prompt public outcry, Nature 484, 455 (26 April 2012) doi:10.1038/484455c

Abstract
Some 10,000 bears are farmed in China to procure their bile for traditional Chinese medicine. This cruel practice has stimulated a wave of condemnation across the country.
Bile is repeatedly collected from live bears through a surgically introduced opening into the bile duct, a procedure that is painful and distressing to the animals (see www.animalsasia.org). Some pharmaceutical companies use a variation of this technique that they say does not hurt the bears.

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Telekinetic
2.8 / 5 (9) Apr 26, 2012
These brutal people not only torture bears but drown their infant girls in buckets of water. Americans are culpable in this by throwing all of our money and manufacturing to them. We, as a nation of consumers and no longer producers, have conceived of a way to enslave a people without kidnapping them to our shores. By leaving the slaves in their homeland, we circumvent the generations of discontented poor that follow. Now, with the largest stake in our debt which could be called in on a whim, China owns us. Real smart.
Russkiycremepuff
2.8 / 5 (5) Apr 26, 2012
Chinese barbarians. We would never do such irrational things to our own bears in the Russian Federation. China is very different culture and strange medicine, almost like Haitian voodoo or African tribal medicine.
Telekinetic
2 / 5 (6) Apr 26, 2012
Chinese barbarians. We would never do such irrational things to our own bears in the Russian Federation. China is very different culture and strange medicine, almost like Haitian voodoo or African tribal medicine.

Oh, I don't know if Russia is exempt from "alternative" medicine. Russia has a very long tradition of shamanism. Besides, many Western M.D.'s will admit to the power of the placebo effect, whether it's a sugar pill given to a hypochondriac or a few waves of a bone bag over an ailing tribesman.
Russkiycremepuff
1 / 5 (1) Apr 26, 2012
There are many tribes in the Russian Federation who are not white Russian, but of various ethnics such as Tatars and Mongols and even some Turks. They have their own medicines which we do not believe in and have found not to be effective. But that is their concern, not ours unless there is a dispute with our government.
As to the drowning of baby girls in China and mistreatment of bears, that will happen no matter what is economics there. The Chinese culture is to be inhumane and uncaring of life.

Here is a choice for you and other Westerners:
http://www.youtub...ndscreen
The differences between the Chinese and American army.

http://www.youtub...=related
Red Army parade in Soviet Russia.

http://www.youtub...ndscreen
Parade of Red Army of People's Republic of China

Now my question to you is: which army would you prefer to take over your country?

This is not a test.
antonima
3 / 5 (1) Apr 26, 2012
These brutal people not only torture bears but drown their infant girls in buckets of water.


You do realize that this represents only a very small fraction of a percent of the people in China, right? This is like saying Americans are racists because they run around in pointy white hats wearing sheets printed with three letter Ks.

Americans are culpable in this by throwing all of our money and manufacturing to them. We, as a nation of consumers and no longer producers, have conceived of a way to enslave a people without kidnapping them to our shores. By leaving the slaves in their homeland, we circumvent the generations of discontented poor that follow.


Creating export products has raised the standard of living in China by leaps and bounds. The Chinese people do not resent Americans for exporting work to them!

Could you even have crafted a more bigoted message than you did???
Russkiycremepuff
1 / 5 (2) Apr 26, 2012
I have not yet found a video of the present Army of the Russian Federation, but I will post it if it is found.
Terriva
1 / 5 (1) Apr 26, 2012
Chinese barbarians. We would never do such irrational things to our own bears in the Russian Federation

Actually the nature of Russians complements the Chinese nature very well. Here we can see the Russian tourists, who enjoy the torture of living cow, which is organized just with pragmatic Chinese for their perverse pleasure.

http://www.youtub...8N1Q_uxY
Russkiycremepuff
1 / 5 (1) Apr 26, 2012
Okay, I have a few now.
http://www.youtub...=related
Russian victory parade on Red Square2011

http://www.youtub...=related
Some of our more modern Russian military power

http://www.youtub...=related
SS-18 ("Satan") What America is afraid of? Russia's nuclear shield.

There are more videos, but these are three.
I cannot understand how some of these videos are on YouTube, unless they are older weapons that it is okay to display.

If I were an American, I would prefer to be friends with Russian Federation. We are not so brutal and we are a peace loving people.
As to the Chinese standard of living, the Chinese government has no choice but to ensure those standards are raised. The Chinese citizens will find it less attractive to fight the government leaders if they have more money and comfort.
Russkiycremepuff
1 / 5 (1) Apr 26, 2012
Terriva, How do you know that the Russian tourists are enjoying the watching of tigers eating a living cow? I do not believe they are "enjoying" the horrible bellowings of the cow as it is being eaten. These are Russians, not Romans watching and enjoying Christians being eaten by lions in a Coliseum.
But this is exactly the point I am making, that the Chinese are bloodthirsty and cruel as a people. It is part of their culture and heritage. I do not understand why they could not fire a bullet into that cow's head after the tigers attacked it.
On the other hand, this is how nature works. Every day, lions and other predators kill for food and the prey is alive. Even though I feel sorry for the animal, I understand that if it is not killed in this way, it will be killed some other way and provide steaks and chops for people. I feel sadness for that cow and the bears in China; I also feel sad for the girl babies that are murdered. I must try not to be sad. I cannot help them.
Telekinetic
1 / 5 (4) Apr 26, 2012
@Russkiycremepuff-
I think your jingoism is a bit much in light of its Stalinist history. Was it 20 million that he had killed? And I doubt that he, though technically a Georgian, did it by himself. The Gulags (prison camps) were also an ugly side of Russia that wouldn't work on your glossy guide to Russia.

@ antonima-
"When Mei-ming dies four days later, it will be of sheer neglect. Afterward, the orphanage will deny she ever existed. She will be just another invisible victim of the collision between China's one-child policy and its traditional preference for male heirs. She is one of perhaps 15 million female babies who have disappeared from China's demographics since the one-child-per-family policy was introduced in 1979."
Terriva
1 / 5 (1) Apr 26, 2012
I do not believe they are "enjoying" the horrible bellowings of the cow as it is being eaten.
The video comes with sound and if you can understand the Russian language, you can make the conclusion for yourself. BTW Don't forget, these Russians are paying for their show and this show isn't cheap. If they're willing to pay for the show, which they don't enjoy, it wouldn't make them more intelligent in my eyes.
that the Chinese are bloodthirsty and cruel as a people. It is part of their culture and heritage
The Chinese were mostly attacked in wars, they never expanded outside of their country like the Mongolians or Tartars from Russia. With compare to it, the Russians attacked Poland, Czechoslovakia, Afghanistan and many other neighboring countries.
TheGhostofOtto1923
4.1 / 5 (14) Apr 26, 2012
Chinese barbarians. We would never do such irrational things to our own bears in the Russian Federation. China is very different culture and strange medicine, almost like Haitian voodoo or African tribal medicine.
"An estimated 8000 to 9000 Brown Bear gallbladders are exported from Russia annually, of which half are legally hunted bears and half are poached animals..."

-Better clean your own house russky.
TheGhostofOtto1923
4.1 / 5 (13) Apr 26, 2012
http://www.youtub...=related
SS-18 ("Satan") What America is afraid of? Russia's nuclear shield.
You nuked disneyworld. You BASTARDS!!! Sochi is TOAST!!!
Russkiycremepuff
1 / 5 (1) Apr 27, 2012
@Russkiycremepuff-
I think your jingoism is a bit much in light of its Stalinist history. Was it 20 million that he had killed? And I doubt that he, though technically a Georgian, did it by himself. The Gulags (prison camps) were also an ugly side of Russia that wouldn't work on your glossy guide to Russia.

@ antonima-
"When Mei-ming dies four days later, it will be of sheer neglect. Afterward, the orphanage will deny she ever existed. She will be just another invisible victim of the collision between China's one-child policy and its traditional preference for male heirs. She is one of perhaps 15 million female babies who have disappeared from China's demographics since the one-child-per-family policy was introduced in 1979."
- Telekinetic -

I do not apologise for the crimes of Stalin. I was born long after he died, but I know the terrible things he did. There are still some eyewitnesses living who are very old now.
Russkiycremepuff
1 / 5 (1) Apr 27, 2012
- Terriva -
I do not apologise either for those Russians who get satisfaction with such misery of animals. Quite possibly they are not ethnic Russians at all despite speaking our language. I have been living in America for the past 15 years and I have read of many atrocities that Americans do to each other. That is just the way many humans are. I do not condemn all Americans or British for crimes committed by some. I do not condemn all Chinese either.
Telekinetic
1 / 5 (3) Apr 27, 2012
Nations, which are nothing but masses of individuals within delineated borders, SHOULD publicly apologize for atrocities committed against other nations. Individuals, hopefully, will share a sense of shame and repugnance at past crimes against humanity they had indirectly condoned with silent passivity. The idea being that it will prevent history from repeating itself. Continued silence is a signal to governments that the nation's people won't object to aggression. My generation, I'm proud to say, ended the Vietnam War with continual and effective protest. To this day, I experience pain and disgust by what my nation perpetrated on the Southeast Asian people. Man's conscience must evolve with his science.
TheGhostofOtto1923
4 / 5 (12) Apr 27, 2012
My generation, I'm proud to say, ended the Vietnam War with continual and effective protest. To this day, I experience pain and disgust by what my nation perpetrated on the Southeast Asian people
Sure it did. Sadly those people would have died anyway as they always had in the throes of despotism, war, or revolution, because they existed in the thrall of ancient, obsolete, religionist cultures which demanded overgrowth and so made this misery INEVITABLE.

Through the combined efforts of French, US, and yes sino/soviet interjection these cultures were finally destroyed and today Vietnam is a prosperous and stable member of the world community.

The US accomplished exactly what it set out to accomplish in southeast Asia, and when it was done it got the hell out. And the world was treated to a nice show of the wonders of democracy when the hairy rabble demanded an end to a war which was already over.

The same Process is at work in Afghanistan.

There is only one Side in this world.
TheGhostofOtto1923
4.3 / 5 (12) Apr 27, 2012
Jane Fonda was responsible for more dead communists than westmoreland (well not quite) by giving them the idea that they could actually 'win' that war. And so thousands gleefully threw themselves on the wire during Tet, and demographic Goals were met in record time.

Thanks Jane for your exemplary Service to the People who actually Run the world. Victory is Unavoidable when both sides are under one Command.

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