The gruesome extraction techniques used on bears being kept in cramped cages range from “free drip” where the bear suffers a hole in their gallbladder, to the insertion of permanent catheters.
In Vietnam, the bears are first drugged with ketamine, roped down and then their abdomen punctured over and over with a spinal needle to find the gall bladder, Heidi Quine, Animal Asia’s bear and vet team director, told The Telegraph.
Rescued bears were found to have broken teeth, cancers, curvature of the spine and high blood pressure, as well as being traumatised, she said. The average lifespan of a captive bear is 6-8 years, compared to 30 in the wild.
The final product was also dangerous for humans, she added.
“There are records in Vietnam of people having died after taking bear bile products. An analysis of some of the bile shows that its full of cancer cells, pus cells, all sorts of infections. It makes people incredibly sick because it’s harvested in a manner…