Workers collect bear bile at one of the traditional Chinese medicine company Guizhentang's controversial bear bile farms in Huian, Fujian province. Bear bile has long been used in China to treat various health problems, despite scepticism over its effectiveness and outrage over the extraction process which animal rights groups say is excruciatingly painful for bears. Photo: AFP

Seeing animals as a resource is a cruel substitute for real wildlife protection in China

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Workers collect bear bile at one of the traditional Chinese medicine company Guizhentang's controversial bear bile farms in Huian, Fujian province. Bear bile has long been used in China to treat various health problems, despite scepticism over its effectiveness and outrage over the extraction process which animal rights groups say is excruciatingly painful for bears. Photo: AFP
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