Target: Mr. Wei Qing, Microsoft Windows and Surface Business Group Lead
Goal: Thank Microsoft for helping Animals Asia educate people and raise awareness about the cruelty of bear bile farming
An estimated 10,000 moon bears are kept captive in China to supply bile for use in traditional Chinese medicine. Microsoft donated its time and expertise to create an interactive website for Animals Asia, to help educate the people of China about the cruelty of bear bile farming and the plight of the moon bear. Thank Microsoft for standing up against animal cruelty and saving moon bears.
Moon bears on bile farms spend their short, painful lives in crush cages, which are so small the bear cannot stand up or turn around. Two to three times a day the bear has bile extracted from its gallbladder. This can be done using needles pushed through the abdomen, catheters that keep a permanent hole in the body and gallbladder, or often through what is called free-drip extraction. In free-drip extraction, a permanent wound is kept open through the bear’s abdomen and gallbladder, allowing the bile to drip out of the animal. The wounds often become severely infected.
There are over 50 approved herbal alternatives to bear bile available for practitioners of traditional Chinese medicine, and the key medicinal ingredient in bear bile can be synthesized effectively and cheaply.
Animals Asia believes education is the key to saving moon bears from cruel life on a bile farm, and when the people at Microsoft learned about this deplorable practice they jumped at the chance to help. To highlight the plight of the moon bear, Microsoft created an interactive educational web site called Exploring Moon Bears for Animals Asia. The site will be used to educate millions of school children in China to raise awareness and hopefully end the practice of bile farming.
Thank Microsoft for taking a stand against animal cruelty and helping Animals Asia save the moon bear.
Dear Mr. Qing
Microsoft recently donated time and expertise to create an interactive educational web site for Animals Asia, to highlight the plight of moon bears on bile farms. The practice of bear bile farming is cruel and inhumane. As you know, the bears are kept in cages so small they cannot stand or turn around. They suffer from myriad physical and mental health problems and they live short, painful lives.
Through the work of Animals Asia, many practitioners of traditional Chinese medicine have vowed not to use bear bile. With over 50 herbal alternatives available, plus synthesized bile, they have plenty of options to choose from. Unfortunately over 10,000 moon bears are still kept in captivity in China to supply bile. Education about this cruel and needless practice will be key to ending the demand for bear bile and saving moon bears from this fate.
Mr Qing, thank you and Microsoft for helping save the moon bear and supporting the work being done by Animals Asia.
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