Stop Killing Bears in China for Their Paws

Stop Sickening Bear Paw Industry

Target: Xi Jinping, President of China

Goal: Stop the torture and murder of bears for their paws

Many people are familiar with cruel animal farming practices still tolerated around the world such as bear bile farming, tiger farming, and the dog and cat meat industries. A lesser-known and no less horrifying practice has grown in recent years. The extremely lucrative bear paw industry involves the torture and killing of endangered bears for their body parts to be used in meals like ‘bear paw soup.’

The industry is prevalent in many Asian countries such as China, North and South Korea, Japan, Laos, Cambodia and more. As with many rare and exotic animals bears are seen as symbols of power. Some people believe that consuming parts of the bear will endow them with the creatures’ vigor. Despite the fact that this claim is bogus the unbelievably barbaric practice continues. Many bears are beaten (as the adrenaline rush caused by the pain supposedly makes the meat more tender) and their paws guillotined, often while they are still breathing. The rest of the bear is prepared for eating by lowering it into a pot and cooking it alive, assuming it hasn’t already died of its wounds.

As if the pain of this torture weren’t unbearable enough, species like the sun bear and Asiatic black bear are coming dangerously close to extinction thanks to hunters looking to profit from their suffering. Bear paws often sell for $100 per kilogram (2.2. pounds), and desperate or simply greedy the hunters have no concern for declining bear populations.

We must petition China, among the most powerful countries in Asia, to take a leadership role in ending this horrendous industry. Save Asia’s bears from unfathomable pain and anguish, and help keep threatened bear species from fading into extinction.


Dear President Jinping,

After reading of the horrors of the bear paw industry, prevalent in many Asian countries including your own, I must write to persuade you to put an end to its horrific practices.

Bears in Asia are not only farmed for their bile–another cruel and lucrative industry–but also their paws. Bear paws are especially popular in soup, as some people believe that by consuming the paws they will be imbued with the powers the bears possess.

The bears have their paws guillotined (often while alive) after being beaten severely to cause an adrenaline rush intended to tenderize the meat. After enduring this excruciating pain the bears are then lowered into boiling water and cooked alive.

Sir, this torture must stop. Not only is it barbaric and incredibly cruel, but it is also contributing to the extinction of species like the sun bear and Asiatic black bear. The bear paw industry does nothing but line the pockets of greedy hunters who have no regard for the suffering of these magnificent animals.

Please save bears from needless deaths in China, and use your influence in Asia to persuade other countries to ban the industry in their own homelands. You have the power to help prevent Asia’s rare and precious bears from becoming only be a memory.


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Photo credit: Dan Bennett via Wikimedia

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  1. Salome Argyropoulos says:

    I’m not a racist, have many Asian friends, however the Asian governments and people are still living in the dark ages. They have no laws to protect animals’ rights and welfare, and the few human rights they have are not enforced either. Most of the worst injustices on this mad planet are either from the Asian or Muslim countries. I am so horrified I feel I get sick of hearing of such cruelty. Cruelty and violence must be fought against, for God’s Sake, regardless of race, caste, creed, or religion! Violence is violence, and always must be condemned. I believe the Law of Karma is supreme, but I’m hoping for Instant Karma to take hold of peoples and put an end to such utter, horrific ignorance, stupidity, thoughtlessness, and gluttony. God is merely a Witness, the Objective Witness Consciousness; we must help ourselves and do God’s Work for Her/Him/It, as we are expected to do. Even if you are an atheist or agnostic, I don’t mind, as long as kindness and compassion to all who live and breathe is how you live your lives, then that means you are a person who lives by Right Action, and that is the whole point of living life as a human being. We need a strong UN to outlaw such cruelty to all our innocent animals, our dear brethren (as Saint Francis of Assisi calls them), and to make a Declaration of Animal Rights and Welfare. My heart is broken by the cruelty and utter stupidity of people, but I keep on. We must stay active and “fight the good fight” as it says in the Bhaghavad Gita (the Hindu “Bible”). I thank everyone for their comments above. You all have my best wishes. As a vegetarian, near vegan, I do what I can for our brethren. This is a global crisis; let’s band together and support one another in doing good works by helping those most in need, which is our animals.

    • Lawrence says:

      Just like Dinosaurs, When Bears no longer exist because all off them had been butchered… my kids and our future children will look at it as an imagination.. fictitious character just like cartoons.. even if you tell them how cute, furry and nice the Bears are it will remain as an imagination because they will no longer see any proof of existences

  2. Valerie Nordberg says:

    Whatever will people dream up next?

  3. Skin the bastards alive and leave them to rot the cruel heartless scum

  4. OMG……………..this story makes me sick and mad as hell! How can anyone be so cruel,evil and appalling to treat any living thing so horrible???? THERE IS A RIGHT WAY AND A WRONG WAY TO DO EVERYTHING. THIS HORRIBLE TREATMENT OF ANIMALS MUST STOP NOW AND WE MUST TAKE A STAND TO MAKE SURE THAT IT IS STOPPED.


  5. Angie Marshall says:

    F ing Barbarians…China and all of the eastern block countries are imminently responsible for most of the global pollution with their primitive energy technologies…the only way they get away with it is that we…the United States…and our attendant f ing toadies are up to the eyeballs in debt to the neanderthals… and just who do u think are going to be held accountable???????Our ossified politicians are too worried about lawsuits for dereliction of duty, retirement portfolios,lawyer fees to keep them out of jail,to hold the other criminals on the world stage accountable…all of us out here in the”but I just love Animals world”, myself included…can just quietly pay our taxes and provide relief and funding for criminal, amoral,and frankly evil Crap, just need to sit the hell down, shut up and eat our made in China SHIT CEREAL…HOW Y’ALL LIKE Me now???????? S’cuse me, that felt really good, oh…just heard my horse fart..too cool, was a good one………

  6. I’m thinking President Jinping enjoys eating bear paw soup and drinking bear bile himself just like the rest of the other naive people from that part of the country. That’s why he has not done anything to stop this barbaric abuse!

  7. Garth Mills says:

    The Asian races are a abomination on the Earth they are not fit to take their place amongst the Civilized Group of Nations of this World, their so called civilization is supposed to be many thousands of years old however it would appear that they have not progressed from their barbaric caveman mentality, Asiatic males do suffer from a inferior complex by virtue of their small penises and no matter what poor animals that these barbarians consume their penises will stay small, they must realise that they have built up a lot of Karma for which they will still have to give answer for, their day of judgement awaits them.

  8. These are cruel soulless empty shells of nothing human.Anyone that can do this kind of monstrous cruelty and still sleep at night, look themselves in the mirror, and others is a lost cause and needs to be disposed of for the good of the world and especially their future victims.

  9. Judith Meikle says:

    This is surely as bad as it can ever get. These are sick, weird people. What hope is there for animal life in that country?

  10. I started to cry after the 2nd paragraph. This is horrible!!!

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