Ban Cruel Bear Bile Farms in Korea

Target: Moon Jae-In, President of South Korea

Goal: Stop subjecting bears to excruciating pain and ban all Korean bear bile farms.

As part of its Winter Olympics promotions, South Korea has used a cuddly Asiatic black bear as its mascot. However, animal activists say there is a tragic irony in this choice, given the fact that as many as 1,000 Asiatic black bears are kept in the country on barbaric bear bile farms, where they are subjected to pain and torture on a daily basis. Action must be taken to put an end to this inhumane practice.

Bear bile farming involves keeping these large, majestic creatures in tiny metal cages that they can barely turn around in. Catheters are injected into the bears to extract the prized bile, which is believed to have medicinal properties that have not been backed by science. This entire process is extremely painful for the bears, who are not sedated and who must endure daily extractions for upwards of years.

While some countries have already banned bear farms, such as Vietnam, the practice remains legal in South Korea and many others. With the international spotlight shining on this East Asian nation, we must do what we can to demand change. Sign this petition to tell the President of South Korea that all bear bile farms must be shut down at once.


Dear President Jae-In,

There is a dark irony in your country’s choice to use the iconic Asiatic black bear as a mascot for the Winter Olympics, when it is believed that upwards of 1,000 of these majestic creatures are being kept in horrific conditions on bear bile farms. These bears are tortured daily as catheters painfully extract their bile to produce medical elixirs that have no proven health benefits. We demand that this practice be brought to an end immediately.

Asiatic black bears, like all animals, deserve to live freely and should not be caged. That is why we, the undersigned, urge you to ban bear bile farms across South Korea and to ensure that the surviving bears be transferred to compassionate, accredited sanctuaries.


[Your Name Here]

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  1. Asians and their stupid medicinal beliefs. They need to get some compassion in their black hearts.

  2. What is wrong with countries that hold onto archaic and cruel practices for so called medicine – dog meat farms, bear bile farms – what is wrong that you feel you have the right to treat an animal this way – would you like to live in a tiny cage and be poked and prodded over and over again – is there anything you won’t do for “money” – drag yourself into the 21st century and become “human”

  3. Charlene Probst says:

    I have never seen such a barbaric culture in my life. Very well put K. ogden. “Drag yourself into the 21st century and become human.” Such disgusting practices…vile…unsanitary…inhumane. I have traveled and seen other countries, intentionally leaving Asia out of my “places to go list.” I share many posts about Asia and its horrific activities as well as encourage people to boycott. It will be a cold day in hell before I spend any tourist dollars in this uneducated, outdated, hell hole.

  4. Kyle Askin says:

    Disgusting. Barbaric. Unnecessary. Why do Asian countries continue to believe in and/or try to sell this nonsense? Purchasers of such bogus medicines are just funding immense cruelty to animals and the bank accounts of the companies selling them. It’s sooooo embarrassing for the residents of these countries that believe in the benefits of such medicines from animals and animal by-product medicines. Ignorance is bliss. But not for these poor bears. Only immoral, stubborn, dumb-dumbs would believe in this crap.

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