10 August 2011

Mother bear kills cub then self at Chinese bile farm

According to the Chinese media, a mother bear killed her cub before eventually killing herself, apparently in an attempt to save her baby from a life of pain and suffering on a bile farm in China.

Reports claim the mother bear heard her cub’s cries while workers attempted to puncture the stomach of the creature to harvest bile, which is believed to have healing properties.

The enraged mother bear broke free from her cage causing the workers to scatter in fear. She then made her way to her frightened cub and proceeded to make a futile attempt to free the scared animal.

After efforts to free her offspring failed, she hugged her cub before strangling it to death. Witnesses allege the mother bear dropped her dead cub before killing herself by running into a wall head first.

To learn more about cruel practice of bile farming, where bears are kept in tiny cages and endure years of physiological and psychological trauma, visit the WSPA.

We have received a message from Animals Asia, an organization that rescues bears from bile farms in China and Vietnam and is campaigning to end bear farming. Dr Jill Robinson MBE, Founder and CEO of Animals Asia explains, "From time to time a story appears in the Chinese media about a bear that kills her cub and then herself to escape the pain of bear farming. This story has not been verified. Bears clearly suffer both physically and psychologically in the terrible conditions on farms, but we cannot confirm that such trauma resulting from bear farm captivity could lead to a mother killing her cub and then herself."

TDIV will continue to run the story because we believe that no matter if the exact account of the mother bear and her cub is true, it is imperative that we educate the public on the atrocities that occur at bile farms.

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Eric is the co-founder and executive editor of the animal rights and eco-friendly news source, This Dish Is Veg. In addition to his work at TDIV, Eric is a father of three, runner, and lover of the outdoors.

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