Heart-wrenching view of bear ‘Hai Chan’ missing front paws suffering in bile extraction cage

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Bear bile extraction farming has been used in traditional Asian medicine for thousands of years. Known to treat liver and gall bladder conditions because the bear’s bile contains high levels of ursodeoxycholic acid, in modern times both herbal and synthetic alternatives provide the same medicinal properties. Tragically, modern science has had no beneficial effects for female moon bear “Hai Chan.” For the last ten years, she has barely existed in the tiny, rusty cage barely bigger than her body. She lacks even the most basic care.

Hai Chan is believed to be one of more than 12,000 bears  kept on bear bile farms in China and Vietnam.  Still legal in China but outlawed in Vietnam, unfortunately legal loopholes still exist for the 1,300 bears kept as prisoners. In these cages where the bears are starved allegedly for better bile production, the excruciating painful extraction methods range  from “free drip” where the bears endures holes in their gall bladder to permanent catheters rarely cleaned and too often causing life-threatening infections.

According to Four Paws International, a non-profit organization based in Vienna, Austria, who provide for animals globally, Hai Chan’s front paws were removed years ago; the meat from her paws used in the so-called “bear paw wine” production.

“Like many other bears, Hai Chan lives mutilated in her tiny, rusty cage, lacking even the most basic care. It seems that she has even given up on her life already. We can’t say how much longer Hai Chan will survive, but we have joined forces with local partners Education for Nature – Vietnam (ENV) and World Animal Protection to form a coalition to expedite an end to cruel bear farming and hopefully help bears, like Hai Chan soon,” states the organization on their Facebook page.

Four Paws International is currently in the process of building a sanctuary large enough to accommodate the rescue of bears in horrific situations just like Hai Chan:

“Hai Chan’s home is a rusty cage which is not much bigger than her own body. The impression of her desperately lying in her cage broke our hearts when we first met her and it still does. We are currently constructing a new state-of-the-art sanctuary for up to 100 former bile bears in Vietnam and hope to begin rescuing the most desperate bears like Hai Chan this summer.”

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(Photos via Four Paws International)

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#saddestbears: Meet Hai Chan

This is female moon bear “Hai Chan”, who not only experienced a life of painful bile extraction but is also missing her two front paws. Unfortunately, this is not uncommon on Vietnamese bear farms as the demand for bear paws as meat or to be used in so-called “bear paw wine” meant these parts of bears were extremely valuable. Like many other bears, Hai Chan lives mutilated in her tiny, rusty cage, lacking even the most basic care. It seems that she has even given up on her life already. We can’t say how much longer Hai Chan will survive, but we have joined forces with local partners Education for Nature – Vietnam (ENV) and World Animal Protection to form a coalition to expedite an end to cruel bear farming and hopefully help bears, like Hai Chan soon. Please help us and SIGN our petition: saddestbears.com/Vietnam #saddestbears

Posted by FOUR PAWS UK on Thursday, May 25, 2017



16 replies
  1. Nancy Raymond says:

    Another fine example of China’s total lack of humanity to ALL animals – BOYCOTT ALL CHINESE IMPORTS – hit them where it hurts – in the pocket. I realize there is a certain segment of the population who deplore this vile cruelty BUT those that participate and promote these inhumane acts should be eliminated from this earth.

  2. Meghan says:

    Oh my gosh, how sad! I do not understand how you can treat living beings like this, so sick and sad. China has major problems with ALL ANIMALS and giving anyone or anything rights!

  3. Kristy Grieco says:

    The Chinese are so barbaric towards animals. I just don’t understand why. No one should ever want to put any living, breathing thing through so much pain and agony. I believe if anyone of these Chinese people were to see one of their beloved pets or family members being tortured, there is no way they would allow this horrible treatment to continue!!

  4. ellen cottone says:

    AnimalsAsia, End Bear Bile Farming. Get on board! seek and sign. demand an end. Demand the bears be removed and placed in the safety of a registered sanctuary.
    More importantly Re jobbing the bile farmers. they must be paid for each bear relinquished. Their cages must be removed and destroyed and they can grow blueberries on the land. you would not even believe how little money they even receive for the god forsaken live bear suffering. Everyone wants blueberries and they will make more money.
    Also the world league for protection of animals, moonbears.org, cages of shame.
    Yes even asian people are trying to end this. Lets help them end it now.

  5. tina says:

    China is so devoted to saving the Pandas and yet they don’t give a shit about all the other animals. I say bomb China!

    • ellen cottone says:

      Then all chinese animals will die.
      Intresting point about the mercy to pandas. The Moon Bear is Vietnams “Panda” I its national animal. i do know its been protected but some how they still get away with this “”Voodo”. Shamlessly.

    • tina says:

      ellen they have poachers killing tigers, hippos, dolphins, elephants, and whales for their ancient beliefs. Just think it would save these mammals and animals from death if they were bombed. Also it would stop their slaughter of cats and dogs. They even have dolphin coves for their barbaric reasons for medicinal reasons. They are sick pricks. Sorry for being so harsh, but, I find more sympathy for these loving creatures than the Chinese who are technically advanced and yet use old ancient remedies for medicinal purposes.

      • ellen cottone says:

        I dont get the paradox either tina except the culture has only been open to the west for a short time.
        I think the deliverance of asia can only improve with the help of the internet. Our eyes are everywhere and and so are our words. I also think it is coming down to a money issue.But there are modern day solutions and substitutions for it all.
        For what ever reason these modern Techno advanced asian countrys must be dragged kicking and screaming into this century. Like Now.

  6. debor33 says:

    This is one of the saddest things I have ever seen…..please please, save her……whatever you have to do, please get her out.

    • ellen cottone says:

      We cant wait for slow justice. We have to do something Now. these hopeless creatures need us to do something Now

  7. ellen cottone says:

    God is in China.
    He is working thru chinese Helpers who have compassion. We need to use the power of our words . Seek, sign and petition asian leaders who are fighting to make changes for Moon Bears and the harvesting of body parts and secretions.

    In your Passion for Mercy, In your own words Beg them!!
    To see how wrong this is and we Americans, morally can not and will not allow the suffering to exist for even 1 more Day.

    If these bears are not removed the wicket owners will brutally kill them one by one and illigally sell body parts and its organ parts in powder form illigally on line. bragging about how much he made them suffer raising its potancy.

  8. Cynthia Como says:

    I fucking HATE every Asian country in existance!!!!!!!! And if anyone tries to defend any one of these countries to me can save their breath because NOTHING can or will change my mind!! These countries torture,maime and brutalize every single species of animals that exists in their countries! Chinese medicine is STUPID,WORTHLESS,AND DOES NOT IMPROVE WHATEVER IS AILING U!!! ITS OUTRAGEOUS,IMMORAL,DEPRAVED AND VICIOUSLY CRUEL AND BRUTAL!!!! I wish those counties were blown off the globe into oblivion!!!

    • dominique Leclerc says:

      Cynthia, Como Very true those Asians ,torture kill , abuse , poache ,exploite they are sooooooo cruel ,no respect at all for animals life , except for their ,Panda .How would they react ,if we torture Panda ,here in the west ??????They are emptying oceans ,.I hate them For me bile bear ,is the most barbaric of all torture I have seen before they just don’t care about the planet


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