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In China and Vietnam, more than 11,000 bears are enduring daily torture, and living in horrible conditions — in tiny cages in captivity. Locals are using them to harvest their bile, a digestive fluid produced by the liver and stored in the gallbladder, used by some traditional medicine practitioners. To supply "bear bile farms," bears are caught from the wild with snares (spring-loaded steel traps). They're forced into tiny cages where they are starved and dehydrated so that bile can be extracted. Some bears suffer like this for 30 years. Some are simply left to starve to death in their cages.
GreaterGood.org partners with Animals Asia Foundation to help these rescued bears get the care they need with your help! They are working toward ending bear bile farming by 2022 through focusing on key areas: operating sanctuaries where rescued bears are rehabilitated and cared for, reducing demand for bear bile, monitoring the changing trends in the trade of bear bile and parts, engaging with the traditional medicine community and other users of bile to promote herbal and synthetic alternative.
You can help. Just $5 helps provide food for an abused bear. You can help these bears live the life they deserve.
Having been poached from the wild as a tiny cub, sun bear Aurora hadn’t felt grass under her paws for 15 years. When the door to her new sanctuary home first opened onto an outdoor enclosure, Aurora wasn’t quite sure what to do. As with so many rescued bears. She timidly poked her head out of the den and let her eyes adjust to the sunlight. Then, taking small, slow steps, she stepped out onto the concrete patio and sniffed the strange new environment.
In front of her lay a grassy playground full of trees and climbing structures. Scattered throughout the enormous enclosure were irresistible treats including coconuts, jam smears and tropical fruits. Soon enough temptation overcame Aurora, and she courageously stepped onto the grass and followed her nose around her new home. In the near future, attempts will be made to integrate Aurora with some of the other 11 sun bears currently at Animals Asia’s sanctuary.
Animals Asia Foundation is a 501(c)3 non-profit whose mission is to end the farming of bears for bile in Vietnam and China, provide sanctuary for bears, end the suffering of wild animals in captivity, and ensure humane treatment of dogs and cats.
Greater Good Charities has ultimate authority and discretion with regard to the distribution of its funds. All expenditures made are consistent with the exempt purposes of Greater Good Charities.