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14 bears rescued

FOURTEEN bears have been recently rescued from the bear bile trade in Vietnam and transported to the Animals Asia Moon Bear Rescue Center in Tam Dao, near Hanoi. The bears show significant health problems including missing and maimed limbs, indicating they may have been trapped in the wild.

The Asiatic black bears, also known as moon bears, because of the yellow crescent-shaped moon across their chests, came from a bear farm in Binh Duong Province. One of the four owners, Nguyen Ngoc Tien decided to give up his share of the farm to Animals Asia, having seen the organization's work in the media. This is the first time in Vietnam that a bear farm has given up a significant number of bears without demanding compensation.

Across Asia, an estimated 14,000 moon bears are being held in captivity on farms. They are milked for their bile because its believed to be effective in the practice of traditional Asian medicine despite the availability of inexpensive and effective herbal and synthetic alternatives.


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