There weren’t many laws protecting animals in the past. Our world has a come a long way since then, but there are uncountable animals still being exploited – especially in the name of traditional medicine. I am sure you have heard stories about animals like rhinos and elephants being slaughtered for the healing properties of their body parts.
Animals like the Asiatic black bear are also kept in confinement in order to extract their bile. The poor bears are kept in very poor conditions. They are locked away in tiny cages and their bile is taken out whilst they are kept alive.
Bear bile is used in some parts of the world for the treatment of liver and gallbladder diseases, as it is believed to promote the flow of bile and aid in the digestion of fats. The use of bear bile is controversial and highly debated due to the inhumane and cruel methods used to extract it from live bears in some countries.
The video below features a bear named Tuffy, who was rescued from a bile farm. This is the first time he has had the taste of freedom since forever. He had spent years of torture in a small cage and his happiness at being released is evident in the clip. Watch the short video below and please leave us a Facebook comment to let us know what you thought!
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