The coronavirus pandemic is touching every aspect of our way of life right now, including how humans and animals co-exist. Early on, we got the good news that China (and now Vietnam as well) decided to ban wildlife markets where the virus is thought to have transmitted from animals to humans. That's why it's so dismaying to learn that the Chinese are now recommending a substance containing bear bile to treat Covid-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2).
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Unfortunately, it is so early in the pandemic that medical professionals across the globe are just now starting to understand the virus and the disease it causes well enough to even start clinical trials on treatment. Randomized clinical trials are the gold standard for making evidence-based recommendations on treatment options of disease.
We are seeing the danger in randomly recommending things like this in the US too as Trump flouted another existing drug to treat Covid-19. In that case, the drug is now inaccessible to the people who've been using it to treat malaria, lupus and rheumatoid arthritis, all due to Trump's medically inaccurate press briefings and the panic buying it caused.
The casualties from the Chinese government's recommendation to use "Tan Re Qing" will not be human. They will be the vulnerable population of Asiatic Black Bears that are most commonly farmed for their bile. Some bear bile is procured from bears that are locked up, living horrible and unnatural lives, only to have their bile pulled out as often as possible for medicinal purposes. Reports show that bears on bile farms are often starved, suffering from diseases, and often living in isolation. Other bear bile is procured in even more tragic ways - by killing wild bears just for their bile.
We cannot let innocent animals suffer and die for an unproven treatment of Covid-19.
Please sign on to ask the Chinese government to retract this recommendation to protect the bears!