02 Feb '12, 6pm

Are bears purposely committing suicide to protest the horror of bile farms?

Are bears purposely committing suicide to protest the horror of bile farms?

Scientists warn of anthropomorphizing animal behavior, but such attributions do have comparisons elsewhere in the animal kingdom. For instance, whales are known to beach themselves, and a few scientists have postulated that some of these beachings demonstrate suicidal behavior. Stories also abound of dogs and horses killing themselves to escape maltreatment. Ric O'Barry, former dolphin trainer and current animal activist, has claimed to have witnessed a depressed, captive dolphin named Kathy willingly commit suicide in his arms. Although no one can say for sure what goes on inside another animal's head, these tragedies resonate. Regardless of whether the bear suicides were intended as protest or not, they are waking people up to the horror of bile farming. For instance, Ng is currently setting up a five-hectare bear rescue center in Laos. Not only will the bears be rescued...

Full article: http://www.mnn.com/earth-matters/animals/stories/are-bear...

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