01 Apr '12, 10am

Bear bile 'needed for medicines', says Chinese official << Not true. Can be synthetically created

Bear bile 'needed for medicines', says Chinese official << Not true. Can be synthetically created

On Friday, Alibaba, the world’s largest business to business e-commerce site announced a ban on the sales of products containing bear bile, which will apply to Alibaba.com and its sister site Taobao.com, a Chinese e-commerce site that runs within China. Bear bile has been used in traditional Chinese medicine for hundreds of years and has resulted in thousands of bear farms in Asia where bears spend their lives in cages barely large enough for them to move in where they’re milked for their bile through a catheter, or a permanent hole in the abdomen that bile drips out of. There are officially about 7,000 bear farms in China, but groups suspect the actual number to be higher. The World Society for the Protection of Animals estimates that approximately 12,000 bears are currently suffering on bear farms around Asia, with an estimated 16,000 left in the wild, who are considered...

Full article: http://www.care2.com/causes/largest-b2b-site-bans-bear-bi...

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