Sadly these beautiful creatures are highly endangered and suffer a dire faith at the hands of humans. Across Asia thousands of Moon Bears are being held in captivity on farms, some up to 30 years, and milked for their bile because it is believed to be a health tonic in the practice of Traditional Asian Medicine.
They are kept in very small cages whilst being starved;dehydrated; drugged; restrained. and have their abdomens jabbed with unsterilised needles until their gallbladders are punctured to release the “prized” bile,
Others are milked through open infected abdominal wounds or rusty catheters and they are pumped with antibiotics and other drugs just to keep them alive.
Most of them develop massive infections and multiple diseases and malignant tumours that ultimately kill them.
This cruel practice often results in the bears committing suicide. In one recent case, a mother bear strangled her cub, then ran headfirst into a wall so as to end her and her child’s suffering. Many bears are often kept in small cages known as “crush cages” to restrict their movements, while some are outfitted with iron vests to prevent the bears from committing suicide by punching themselves in the stomach. This particular bear escaped this fate when she heard her cub crying out in pain just before a hole was punched in its stomach. The mother bear ran to the cub and embraced it, ultimately suffocating it before running into the wall.
These bear farms house more than 12,000 bears, while farm owners believe they’re doing the bears a service by preventing unlicensed bile extractors from killing wild bears. Justify it however you want, but this is a sickening practice.
Credit goes to: Animals Asia