27 Oct Animals Asia saving Moon Bears
Mode Management is a proud sponsor of Animals Asia and Smudge, the four-month-old moon bear who was rescued from China’s Nanning Bear Farm – an industrial bile farm. More than 10,000 bears – mainly moon bears, but also sun bears and brown bears – are kept on bile farms in China, and around 2,400 in Vietnam. The bears are milked regularly for their bile, which is used in traditional medicine.
Most farmed bears are kept in tiny cages. In China, the cages are sometimes so small that the bears are unable to turn around or stand on all fours.
Bile is extracted using various painful, invasive techniques, all of which cause massive infection in the bears. This cruel practice continues despite the availability of a large number of effective and affordable herbal and synthetic alternatives. Some bears are put into cages as cubs and never released. Bears may be kept caged like this for up to 30 years. Most farmed bears are starved, dehydrated and suffer from multiple diseases and malignant tumours that ultimately kill them.
Born in 2014, Smudge was the last cub bred on the Nanning bear bile farm, and thankfully she will never know the horrors of bile extraction or being used as a breeding machine. Animals Asia has taken over the care of all the bears on the farm, including Smudge who loves lots of attention – and food! Little Smudge lives in a double den on her own while we transform the farm into a sanctuary. She is growing by the day and has already outgrown two water tubs. She now has a big metal pool that she loves to splash in. Smudge is a big charmer, and likes showing off, climbing and playing with her toys.
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