31 Jan '13, 4pm

Asian bear farming: breaking the cycle of exploitation (warning: graphic images)

Bear bile trade, both legal and illegal, ubiquitous in Asia (05/16/2011) Surveying 13 nations and territories in Asia, the wildlife trade organization TRAFFIC found that the bear bile trade remains practically ubiquitous in the region. In many cases the trade, which extracts bile from captive bears' gall bladders for sale as a pharmaceutical, flouts both local and international law, including Appendix I of Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES ). Pet trade, palm oil, and poaching: the challenges of saving the 'forgotten bear' (03/20/2011) Siew Te Wong is one of the few scientists who study sun bears (Ursus malayanus ). He spoke with Laurel Neme on her "The WildLife" radio show and podcast about the interesting biological characteristics of this rare Southeast Asian bear, threats to the species and what is being done to help ...

Full article: http://news.mongabay.com/2013/0131-isaacs-bear-bile.html

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