Bear bile industry

The problem

  • Across Asia up to 20,000 bears are suffering. Forced to endure a lifetime in cruel captivity, they are exploited for their bile – an ingredient used in some traditional Asian medicine.

The solution

  • Stop the exploitation and suffering of captive bears by ending bear bile farming for good.

What we're doing

  • Working with governments to improve legislation and law enforcement.
  • Promoting better welfare for captive bears, while we move to end the bear bile industry.
  • Striving to make sure that no new bears enter the captive bear industry.

Help us end bear bile farming for good

The suffering that bears in the bear bile industry face is intense and unjustified. It must stop.


World Animal Protection is working with governments and organisations to stop this suffering – but we need your support.

Trapped and tortured for bile

Tens of thousands of bears are being exploited for their bile right now, suffering severe pain and psychological distress, caged in unnatural and inhumane conditions.

We are committed to ending the exploitation of bears. We are working with governments, global bodies and local partners to create lasting change.


Ending exploitation

Our vision is for bears to be respected, protected by law and free from exploitation. As well as moving governments, we raise awareness of alternatives to bear bile, including herbal and synthetic products, which are readily available, affordable and effective.


Protecting bears in Vietnam

In 2005 the Government of Vietnam made it illegal to extract bear bile. But we know that many bear owners in Vietnam are still dodging the law, extracting and selling bear bile illegally.

For the past decade we have worked with Education for Nature Vietnam (ENV) to halt this illegal trade - and thanks to your support, we have already halved the number of bears trapped in bear bile facilities in Vietnam.

Find out about the difference you have made >>


How you can help bears

You can help us end the cruel bear bile trade for good - protecting more bears from a lifetime of pain and psychological distress.

A bear in a cage on a bear bile farm in Asia

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Inside a bear bile farm

Together with our partners in Vietnam, we conducted an undercover investigation in a bear bile farm. We needed to show the authorities that the law on bear bile extraction is being ignored.

Our team named this bear Rosie. Her trauma was obvious in persistent ‘rocking’. There was also evidence of skin infections and disease. She suffers in a cramped cage on a minimal diet of weak rice gruel.

Bears like Rosie face the brutal process of having their bile extracted. A syringe pierces through the bear’s abdomen. Wounds are sometimes left untreated, causing infection. The pain for the bear can be agonising.

The cruelty of the bear bile industry is needless. Please help bears like Rosie today.

Bears like Rosie face the brutal process of having their bile extracted.