Stop Inserting Catheters Into Imprisoned Bears’ Gallbladders to Harvest Bile

Target: Nguyễn Xuân Phúc, President of Vietnam

Goal: End the practice of bear bile farming in Hanoi, Vietnam.

The Vietnamese government announced plans to phase out bear bile farming in 2005. While commendable steps have been taken and bear farming in Vietnam is slowly coming towards an end, the country’s most prominent city shows almost zero progress. Hanoi remains the country’s #1 bile bear farming hotspot, with 159 bears on 30 farms – accounting for 49% of the total bile bears in Vietnam as of 2021.

Bear bile is a traditional Asian medicine that may have positive effects but also has readily available cruelty-free alternatives. The bears used for harvesting bile are kept in tiny cages and repeatedly put through the painful process of bile extraction from their gallbladders, with techniques ranging from permanent catheters to a hole in the gallbladder that is repeatedly re-opened. The cages the bears are kept in are tiny–they are called ‘crush cages’ and bears who grow up in them have bodies contorted to fit the tightness. They are often missing teeth from trying to gnaw their way out.

It’s time for the Hanoi government to end bear farming for good. Sign the petition below and call on the Hanoi government to: take decisive action to end the practice of bear farming in the country’s capital, set a precedent of zero tolerance for the rest of the country in dealing with the bear farming situation, and close all bear farms by 2025 and ensure the transfer of all remaining bears to rescue centers and sanctuaries.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Mr. President,

As Vietnam continues to phase out bear bile farming, it is important to make sure that the act reaches completion. Hanoi has not reduced its bear farming at the same rate as the rest of the country, with hundreds of bears still kept on farms, in tiny painful cages. Bear bile has readily available cruelty-free alternatives, and so the torment of these animals is completely unnecessary.

Crush cages torture these beasts, and they live out their lives in pain. It is time for your government to end bear farming, setting a precedent of zero tolerance throughout the country, and close all bear farms by 2025, transferring all surviving bears to rescue centers.

Please, end the torment of these animals in Hanoi and the rest of the country.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Peter Halasz


81 Comments

  1. Patrick+Butler says:

    Useless, CRUEL, unnecessary, pointless!!!

  2. Bando de tarados impotentes… tomem viagra e parem de maltratar animais por conta de uma suporta ereção.

  3. Evan Jane Kriss says:

    END this atrocity NOW. Bear bile has never been scientifically proven to do anything for humans.

  4. Stop this cruel practice! You are just showing the world how primitive and barbaric

  5. Stop being primitive and killed by all of the animals l, learn to understand and live alongside for once

  6. Stop being primitive and killing all of the animals and exploiting them. This is the problem with people, killed by and taking everything that is not theirs.

  7. How is this humane?

  8. Stop torturing animals you sick fucks!

  9. This wicked practice has been going on for years. It’s pointless & causes so much suffering to these poor innocent bears. Let’s keep protesting & petitioning until this evil stops!

    • Yes Irene…this is so useless and these humans really believe that this experiment does work…….the mentality of some is mind blowing….please stop this nonsense and leave them alone….they deserve to live in peace and not abused by dumb a** humans…

  10. The world can NEVER consider you a letitimate voice, when you practice such unfounded, outdated and unacceptable practices. End this cruel and useless practice. We are watching you, and you will be boycotted.

  11. MICHAEL BAVARO says:

    THIS SHOULD FIRST BE DONE ON THOSE DOING IT. LET’S SEE IF THEY LIKE IT THEN.

  12. Surely the world has moved on from this cruel ignorant procedure. Boycott anything from this country until it is stopped.

  13. END THIS GRUESOME USELESS PRACTICE NOW! RELINQUISH ALL ANIMALS TO A REPUTABLE SANCTUARY NOW!!

  14. This is SO CRUEL!!~! ONLY SADISTIC MONSTERS WOULD DO THIS TO A HELPLESS ANIMAL!!! STOP THIS AT ONCE!!!!~!

  15. The people who allow and practice this should have a cathater inserted and all their blood slowly drawn out. Asia is the animal cruelty capital of the world.

  16. Apparently greed has completely consumed the world. The good Lord could have had no idea how his innocent animal creatures would eventually be treated by his “human” creation. Is there any country left out there with a leader who has heart and common sense?

  17. Debra Broach says:

    As usual,human punks at their worse. We all yell, complain and fight against having these mandates against us telling us what we have to do to our bodies but they are allowed to treat animals any kind if way they see fit even when it hurts and kills them.

    I am sick of these sorry ass excuses for human beings. They will never learn and never have empathy and compassion for animals and consider … OR CARE … what they are putting them through.

    When karma kicks they asses, they will!

  18. Jessica Arcury says:

    Chinese people really need modern medicine education. eating lion bones, bear bile etc won’t cure anything!

  19. Barbara Garrison says:

    This sick industry must stop. Vietnam-what a surprise. Their cruelty towards animals is well documented, it’s shameful, and the government should stop lying, and end the industry in this country once and for all.

  20. eleanor+dunkavich says:

    These garbage people should all get sick and Karma do it

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