This is my new bear friend Jingle. She lives in a bear sanctuary in China and today I "befriended her" by donating to Animals Asia. I am helping provide treats for Jingle everyday for a year as well as play equipment that Jingle needs so that she can be reintroduced into the wild. The story of black bears and moon bears in China, Vietnam and Laos is a sad one.
14,000 bears are kept in captivity on farms and kept for their bile. Bile is a liquid in their bodies that is used for traditional Chinese medicine and ordinary household products. The bile is extracted from their gall bladders by inserting needles and metal tubes into their bodies and "milking" them. I learned on the Animals Asia website that "most farmed bears are kept in tiny cages. In China, the cages are sometimes so small that the bears are unable to turn around or stand on all fours. Some bears are caged as cubs and never released. Bears may be kept caged for up to 30 years. Most farmed bears are starved, dehydrated and suffer from multiple diseases and tumours that ultimately kill them." These bears often have wounded paws and snouts, no teeth, rotting feet, whole missing limbs and crushed bones. I feel bad for these bears because they should not be kept on farms. They need to be free to move around and live in the wild. Animals Asia is helping to end bear bile farming by building sanctuaries and raising public awareness about this issue. You can visit their website by clicking below:
My name is Elliana and I was born in New York City. I am 7 years old and I live in Hong Kong - where I have lived for the last 5 years. I have one little sister who is mostly mischievous but I couldn't live without her.