Bile Bear

Vietnam fires foe of moon-bear sanctuary

A cub plays inside the rescue centre. Photo: Reuters

A Vietnamese official who campaigned to shut down a moon-bear sanctuary run by Hong Kong charity Animals Asia has been fired after an investigation ordered by his country's prime minister.

Sunday, 26 May, 2013, 6:40am 1 comment

How bears are treated is a disgrace

Many Chinese people believe in the medicinal properties of bear bile. It is believed to cure a variety of ailments. Although there is little scientific evidence to back up such claims, some companies exaggerate the benefits of bear bile to make a profit.

10 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Protesters march for ban on trade in bear bile

More than 200 animal lovers took to the streets yesterday to protest against the international trade in the bile of the Asian black bear.

They called on the government to take the lead on a nationwide ban on the use of bear bile in traditional medicine.

2 Apr 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

Bear farm media tour dismissed as a stunt

Guizhentang Pharmaceutical - the bear bile producer that has come under fire for planning a public listing - let selected mainland media tour its bear farm in Fujian yesterday.

23 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Why we must all try to stamp out the horrific torture of moon bears

Xiong Junhui, a young female reporter based in Guangdong, is producing an independent documentary about the Asian black market for Asiatic black bear bile extract. The bears are also known as moon bears because of the yellow crescent of fur on their chests.

When did you start becoming concerned about the suffering of moon bears?

7 Nov 2010 - 12:00am

Asia's bile trade takes its toll of Canadian bears

Gordon Hitchcock and his fellow officers in British Columbia are struggling to solve a triple slaying that points to a massive underground organ smuggling trade spurred by demand in Asia.

The bodies of the victims - all three of them black bears - were found dumped last month at remote roadsides near the town of Nanaimo on the southeastern coast of Vancouver Island.

26 Aug 2007 - 12:00am

Monument to rescued moon bear Andrew

Visitors to the Moon Bear Rescue Centre in Sichuan province should not be too alarmed when they see a 3-metre bear looming above them as they enter the sanctuary - it is simply a gift from one of the mainland's most noted sculptors. Tsao Zhi Rong (below) is better known for his imposing monuments to Chairman Mao that are dotted throughout the mainland.

28 Apr 2007 - 12:00am

Activists condemn bear bile farmers

They say 'milking' of the animals for traditional medicine has decimated numbers

Animal welfare advocates and bear bile farmers engaged in heated debate yesterday at a symposium in Beijing organised as part of the International Conference of Zoology.

26 Aug 2004 - 12:00am

Cruelty to bears must end, say MPs

Nearly a quarter of Britain's MPs have signed a petition to support a campaign by a Hong Kong-based animal welfare group to end bear farming on the mainland.

The early-day motion, or parliamentary petition, was introduced by Labour MP Bob Marshall-Andrews last week. It called on the British Government to encourage Beijing to take more active measures to end the practice

3 Jun 2002 - 12:00am

Reformed hunter offers bears haven

FORMER hunter and Hong Kong affairs adviser David Chu Yu-lin is to build a bear sanctuary on his farm in southern China to rescue the animals trapped in cruel bear-bile farms.

14 Nov 1993 - 12:00am

The bears, owls and tigers are ready, so let the Games begin

SELECTION of the Olympic Games venue for the year 2000 draws near, with Hongkong rushing to support Beijing's bid to be host city.

11 Jul 1993 - 12:00am

Will help re-locate bears

I WOULD like to correct the report regarding Mr Jimmy Lai's caged black bear which appeared in the South China Morning Post, on July 6.

I was reported as saying that if the bear was sent to a breeding centre it would be fed with Chinese medicine.

9 Jul 1993 - 12:00am