Bile farmers decimate wild bears

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Update: April, 10/2017 – 18:00

A moon bear caged in a village during the surveys. It was reportedly trapped in a wire snare in 2015 near the Laos-Việt Nam border. — Photo courtesy of Centre for Environment and Rural Development

HÀ NỘI — The country’s wild bear population has declined sharply over the past 20 years, according to recent surveys carried out in 22 protected areas.

The surveys were part of a three-year collaborative project by the Centre for Environment and Rural Development at Vinh University with the support of the conservation and animal welfare organisation Free the Bears and Animals Asia.

Interviews with over 1,400 residents living next to the protected areas indicate that the bear population declined between 1990 and 2005, mainly due to hunting. Although 77 per cent of respondents believed bears were still present in their local forest area, the majority agreed their numbers had declined.

This period coincided with the expansion of bear bile farming, with the number of bears kept on bile farms increasing tenfold, from 400 to over 4,000 between 1999 and 2005. Bears in bile farms, mostly Asiatic black bears, also known as moon bears, are subjected to bile extraction from their gall-bladders, allegedly for medical use.

To hasten the phasing out of bear bile farming in Việt Nam, the report suggested that the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, in collaboration with partner NGOs, conduct a thorough and rapid assessment of all remaining facilities, to determine the number of bears remaining, their ages, physical conditions and veterinary requirements

A management strategy should be developed to rehome and provide life-long care for the bears in rescue facilities as soon as possible, it said.

The report recommended that Government and non-government partners assist the traditional medicine community in promoting the use of herbal and synthetic alternatives to bear bile.

Brian Crudge of Free the Bears, the project leader and research programme manager, said the survey results show that the practice of bear bile farming is likely to increase demand and hunting pressure.

“These survey results show clearly for the first time just what a misadventure bear bile farming has proven to be,” said Matt Hunt, Chief Executive of Free the Bears and co-chair of the Asiatic Black Bear Experts.

“Our only hope now is that wild bears might have a chance to recover in Việt Nam, and that other bear bile farming nations may learn from this folly and begin closing down their own farms before it is too late,” he said. — VNS

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About Trần Đình Hoành

I am an attorney in the Washington DC area, with a Doctor of Law in the US, attended the master program at the National School of Administration of Việt Nam, and graduated from Sài Gòn University Law School. I aso studied philosophy at the School of Letters in Sài Gòn. I have worked as an anti-trust attorney for Federal Trade Commission and a litigator for a fortune-100 telecom company in Washington DC. I have taught law courses for legal professionals in Việt Nam and still counsel VN government agencies on legal matters. I have founded and managed businesses for me and my family, both law and non-law. I have published many articles on national newspapers and radio stations in Việt Nam. In 1989 I was one of the founding members of US-VN Trade Council, working to re-establish US-VN relationship. Since the early 90's, I have established and managed VNFORUM and VNBIZ forum on VN-related matters; these forums are the subject of a PhD thesis by Dr. Caroline Valverde at UC-Berkeley and her book Transnationalizing Viet Nam. I translate poetry and my translation of "A Request at Đồng Lộc Cemetery" is now engraved on a stone memorial at Đồng Lộc National Shrine in VN. I study and teach the Bible and Buddhism. In 2009 I founded and still manage dotchuoinon.com on positive thinking and two other blogs on Buddhism. In 2015 a group of friends and I founded website CVD - Conversations on Vietnam Development (cvdvn.net). I study the art of leadership with many friends who are religious, business and government leaders from many countries. In October 2011 Phu Nu Publishing House in Hanoi published my book "Positive Thinking to Change Your Life", in Vietnamese (TƯ DUY TÍCH CỰC Thay Đổi Cuộc Sống). In December 2013 Phu Nu Publishing House published my book "10 Core Values for Success". I practice Jiu Jitsu and Tai Chi for health, and play guitar as a hobby, usually accompanying my wife Trần Lê Túy Phượng, aka singer Linh Phượng.

One thought on “Bile farmers decimate wild bears

  1. Chẳng biết mật gấu và cao hổ cốt thực sự có công hiệu y học gì không, nhưng chuyện thấy trước mắt là vì các mập mờ y học này mà chúng ta tận diệt các loài vật này. Rất là gian ác.

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