“Those bears who reach the centre have invariably suffered serious physical and psychological trauma. Rescued bears can’t be released into the wild because of the long-term damage caused by their incarceration. All need surgery to remove damaged gall bladders and many need additional surgery and long-term medical care due to missing claws or paws, infected and necrotic wounds and broken and missing teeth caused by biting at bars or because farmers break them to make the bears less dangerous. Many also have liver cancer as a result of being continually milked for bile, plus a litany of other ailments including blindness, arthritis, peritonitis, weeping ulcers and ingrown claws.”
After reading this article, I was overwhelmed with emotion so I tracked down the charity working to free these bears from the bile industry. They are Animals Asia – why not take a look at the work they are doing?