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.
  • Striving to make sure that no new bears enter the captive bear industry.

Help more bears find sanctuary

Together with our partner organisation the Bioresource Research Centre (BRC), we arrange the surrender of baiting bears, and bring them to the World Animal Protection-funded sanctuary where they can live the rest of their days free from pain and violence.

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.

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