Animal welfare message hits home

Extracting bile from the gall bladders of Asiatic black bears for use in traditional Chinese medicine is not a pretty sight, nor is it a pleasant experience for the creatures.

Thursday, 1 March, 2012, 12:00am


Long-term solution to bile farms

I feel sorry for those poor animals suffering in unsupervised bear bile farms.

A lot of these farms perform inhumane procedures in order to obtain more bile for profits. Such procedures endanger the bears' lives.

I think we need to aim for long- and short-term solutions.

29 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Bear-bile business has already lost the PR war

Let's be honest and admit that we Chinese do not have a good reputation among people of the world in terms of our treatment of animals. There is a joke about the Cantonese that they are entrepreneurial people capable of excelling in many professions - but not zookeeper.

23 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

The Fry Chronicles

The Fry Chronicles by Stephen Fry Penguin, HK$255

21 Nov 2010 - 12:00am

Bears' deaths raise bile concerns

Eight of 28 bears rescued last month from a bile farm in Sichuan had cancer and were dead within a week of being moved, a sign the animals had been tortured and that their bile could be dangerous to consumers, an animal welfare group says.

8 Apr 2008 - 12:00am

Karen Mok battles for the bears

Human depravities are as varied as our imagination, but one that I find truly mind-boggling is bear bile 'farming', which, as you should know by now, is practised on an industrial scale on the mainland, in Vietnam and most probably in North Korea. And the worst is that it is legal.

I have never been ashamed of being Chinese or Asian, but on this one I am.

3 Mar 2007 - 12:00am

Talk back

Q What do you think of the redevelopment plan for Peel and Graham streets?

The proposed redevelopment of the Graham and Peel streets area is cultural vandalism, and also shows yet again the cynical shabbiness with which the government treats us, the citizens.

3 Mar 2007 - 12:00am

Bile-bear activist has the gall to offer sanctuary

Two Chinese characters tattooed on animal activist Jill Robinson's back are a symbol of her commitment to closing the mainland's infamous moon bear bile farms.

9 Aug 2005 - 12:00am

Caged black bears kept for bile rescued from hotel

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.

17 Aug 2000 - 12:00am

Rules fail to stop bear-part traders

THE illegal sale of bear products is still widespread despite tighter regulations covering the trade, according to a survey by two animal rights groups.

The International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) and EarthCare sent a researcher to 50 Chinese medicine shops across the territory for the survey.

19 Sep 1994 - 12:00am

Traders caught selling bear parts face stiffer terms

TRADERS caught selling illegal bear gall-bladders and bile are to face stiffer sentences, representatives from the Agriculture and Fisheries Department revealed at the world's first symposium on the medicinal trade of bear products.

13 Sep 1994 - 12:00am

Cruel business still goes on

ONCE again a well-meaning Government measure has fallen short of its objectives. The Agriculture and Fisheries Department at long last has brought in restrictions on possession of, or trading in, bear gall bladders and medicines containing tiger products. The restrictions on tiger products may help save these magnificent cats from extinction.

29 Jan 1994 - 12:00am