China: Don't Support Bear Bile Farms!
- by: Care2.com
- target: Officials at the Shenzhen Stock Exchange
Bears farmed for their bile, a common ingredient in traditional Chinese medicine, live on factory farms in small cages they can barely move in. Farmers extract their bile through tubes surgically implanted into their gall bladders. And the result of this cruelty is that the bears, in addition to suffering infections and liver cancer, only live about 5 years. A bear in the wild lives 25.
Now, the Gui Zhen Tang Pharmaceutical Corporation, which farms bears for their bile, wants inclusion in the Shenzhen Stock Exchange. This move is widely opposed by bloggers and animal welfare groups because of the inherent cruelty their listing would support.
Tell the Shenzhen Stock Exchange not to condone and support animal cruelty by allowing inclusion of the Gui Zhen Tang Pharmaceutical Corporation.
Dear [Decision Maker],
The Gui Zhen Tang Pharmaceutical Corporation, which farms bears for their bile, has applied for inclusion in the Shenzhen Stock Exchange. I ask that this not be allowed.
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Bears farmed for their bile live in small cages where they are severely confined and have tubes surgically implanted into their abdomens to extract the bile, They frequently get infections and liver cancer because of contamination from the bile extraction, and they typically only live about five years, compared with 25 years for a bear in the wild.
Please do not support this cruelty. I respectfully request that the Gui Zhen Tang Pharmaceutical Corporation stays out of the Shenzhen Stock Exchange.