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. What vile bastards . Save these poor creatures . How is this allowed .

  2. Can only hope this “traditional medicine” poisons all the ignorant morons who take it and that Karma gets the evil bastards who torture these poor bears. What is it with these people?? They boil dogs alive, cook pangolins alive, eat octopus alive and a million other atrocities…..they just LOVE causing suffering to animals and it’s time they were caused some suffering themselves. Why do the rest of the world trade with these monsters? It’s time we all stopped and it’s time they were made to suffer for all the suffering they have deliberately caused over thousands of years with their brain dead “traditions”.

  3. I have signed petition; however I wonder if it will do any good TRYING to communicate with a foreign country…..

  4. All animal/wildlife MUST BE PROTECTED FROM THESE CRUEL INHUMANE HORRORS. All those that think this OK need to be shoved in a ‘too small’ cage and have catheters shoved in them every place possible – for the rest of their lives. IN MY OPINION

  5. They don’t care about any animal, none. They kill for their ignorant reasons; they kill due to greed beyond their stupidity. Our government does nothing that I can find. No government.

  6. Horrific! This must end. Get a grip, use the alternatives. Why is it ok to make some creature suffer for some mythological benefit? Humans can be selfish and sick.

  7. So disturbing. Hope you go through the same terror before your cruel life is over

  8. Same group of people that raise domestic animals (dogs) for food…they are cruelly treated, beaten, placed in tiny cages ….it makes me break down in tears every time I hear about it. Ignorant, vile people. These bears have a similar fate. Please, please end their suffering, there are treatments readily available, and therefore using these bears for their bile is no longer necessary. Set these beautiful animals free to live in a sanctuary.

  9. Maria Bertrand says:

    Nguyễn Xuân Phúc, President of Vietnam

    This is vile abhorrent beyond any words can express. STOP TREATING ANIMALS AS YOUR PROPERTY. YOU HAVE NO RIGHT ….YOU ARE SUBJECTING THEM TO LIFE OF ANGUISH AND PAIN. STOP NOW OR I HOPE ALL THAT PAIN AND ANGUISH RECOILS ON YOU!!!!

    TURN YOUR SHIP OF TORMENT AROUND AND START TO SHOW COMPASSION AND NUTURING TO ALL LIVING THINGS. THEY ARE ALWAYS INNOCENT!!!

  10. STOP ALL THIS ANIMAL CRUELTY AGAINST ALL IMPRISONED BEARS AND ALL OTHER ANIMALS TOO IMMEDIATELY!!! ALL THESE CRUEL IDIOTS SHOULD BE THE ONES CATHERIZED INTO THEIR GALLBLADDERS!!!!

  11. Bear bile farms, poachers of every type of animal….Vietnamese kingpins are at the HEAD of so much wildlife trafficking throughout Asia.
    We should have napalmed this corrupt shithole when we had the chance.

  12. GOD DAMN SIC HEARTLESS SOULLESS BASTARDS END ALL THESE BARBARIC SICKENING TESTING ON GODS PRECIOUS ANIMALS NOW

  13. Linda L Cummings says:

    These people are dark ages barbarians. Disgusting ignorant people.

  14. Evan Jane Kriss says:

    STEP ONE: EDUCATION
    STEP TWO: ECONOMICS
    It’s these “traditions” that are not grounded in science that are the cause of so much animal suffering and cruelty worldwide. To end this, we must educate people about these falsehoods! If they have knowledge, they will stop using their money to buy into this. No demand, no supply.

  15. When will humans stop exploiting and torruring animals for profit and other vile things?? It’s so sickening and deplorable.

  16. This EVIL, WICKED, DISGUSTING SHAMEFUL practice is done to give women HRT. I strongly suggest you look at where your HRT comes from and ALL the ingredients that are in it come from. Both horses and bears are used in many HRT preparations and it is NOT IN ANY WAY ACCEPTABLE. SUCH PAINFUL, EVIL CRUELTY and for WHAT!!

    You must do your research before you blindly accept what is offered to you, such evil, cruel wicked things are done to animals in the name of medicine…NO, NO, NO..ITS IN THE NAME OF GREEDY, EVIL, WICKED PEOPLE AND MONEY.

    THIS HAS TO STOP AND NOW!! SHAME, SHAME, SHAME ON ALL OF YOU INVOVED IN THIS. YOU ARE A DISGRACE TO HUMANITY. ANIMALS OUTWEIGH YOU BY LIFETIMES.

  17. Shirley Lemieux says:

    It is hard to believe that this cruel torture on bears still occurs in this world. The decision to phase out bear bile farming is great news but if Hanoi continues this cruel practice then the torture on bears will continue. I hope the President puts an end to it.

  18. THIS SICKENING ATROCITY SHOULD HAVE ENDED A LONG TIME AGO. THIS BARBARIC MISTREATMENT OF THESE MAGNIFICENT ANIMALS IS UNACCEPTABLE. TO KEEP THESE BEARS IN CAGES AND MAKING THEM LIVE IN CONFINEMENT TO DRIP BILE FROM THEIR GALLBLADDERS IS IGNORANT AND DESPICABLE. THESE PEOPLE ARE IGNORANT AND COLD-HEARTED. THEY SHOULD BE PUT INTO THESE SMALL CAGES AND SEE HOW THEY LIKE IT.

  19. Michelle Stewart says:

    All imprisoned bears all over the world must be rescued & sent to sanctuaries. Every single person that tortures bears like this (getting bile) must be executed

  20. People need to stop and think, what it would be like to have someone do this to me. I bet they would think twice.

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