Friday, 2 March 2012

Chinese doctors to call for ‘cruel’ bear farms to be closed

At a conference in London on Friday, the experts will say there is no justification for the farms because their latest research has shown that that herbal substitutes have greater health benefits than those claimed for bear bile which is used in traditional Chinese medicine.

The rare public criticism of ‘bile farms’ by traditional Chinese medicine experts will be led by Dr Yibin Feng, an associate professor and assistant director at the School of Chinese Medicine at the University of Hong Kong.

He will unveil new research showing that the bears’ suffering on the farms is “unnecessary” and will call for the farms to be closed down.

“Bears are being inhumanely treated and bear farming must end in the near future,” Dr Feng will tell the conference in Westminster.

“Our research provides evidence that other easily available animal bile and plants can be used as bear bile substitutes.”

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  1. Jia Youling, a member of the national committee of Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) and the state chief veterinary officer, thinks that bear bile farming is immoral. He also said: “The vet's professional ethics is to cure rather than create disease. Operating on a healthy bear to create a free drip fistula is against the vet’s professional ethics'.