Caged black bears kept for bile rescued from hotel

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 17 August, 2000, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 17 August, 2000, 12:00am

Beijing police have raided a hotel and rescued three black bears which were kept in cages to extract bile for sale, official media reported yesterday.

The raid was carried out on Tuesday when officials received complaints that the Huangjiayuan Hotel in Beijing's Daxing county was selling bear bile for 1,800 yuan (HK$1,640) for 100 millilitres, the Beijing Evening News reported yesterday.

Accompanied by police, officials searched the hotel and found three black bears caged in the backyard.

One bear was wearing a metal jacket because her stomach was left open so that a tube could be hooked to her gall bladder to extract bile. It was moaning in agony when officials found it, the newspaper said.

The three bears have been sent to a widelife centre in Beijing and officials were considering asking foreign veterinarians to perform surgery on the wounded bear.

The newspaper reports did not indicate if any members of the hotel were being held.