In Nanning, China, 130 bears are being kept in tiny cages where they’ve been since birth and their future is even more dire than their bleak present.
They are being farmed for their bile.
Animals Asia, a rescue and rehabilitation group, is hoping to undergo the largest rescue of its kind in the world and take over custody and care of the bears. To do that, the group plans to lease the land and facilities.
The organization monitors the changing trends in the trade of bear bile and parts, keeping track of producers, sellers and consumers of bear products in China and Vietnam
They have field officers visiting Asian traditional medicine shops and pharmacies, gathering information on the distributjion of bear products and the fluctuations in demand and price.