In parts of Korea and China, moon bears, black but for the crescent-shaped patch of white on their chests, are captured in the wild and brought to "bear farms" where they are imprisoned in squeeze cages, and a steel catheter is inserted into their gall bladders. The dripping bile is collected... read more
“So that some might make use of their fins, bones, horns, or gall bladders, some of our most charismatic wild animals are in danger of being wiped off the face of the earth.”
“But it is not, after all, the use of animals parts per se that is the problem--it is the slaughter of the animals for what might be specious applications, or worse, the slaughter of critically endangered species.”
“We are eliminating the tiger in order to manufacture medications of dubious usefulness -- even though the pharmacopoeia of Western medicine offers cheaper and readily available substitutes for most of the maladies for which tiger bone is claimed to be useful.”
“Of course, TCM is not the only factor in the endangerment of these animals, but it plays an enormous part. If present trends continue, tigers and rhinos will become extinct in the wild, perhaps in our lifetime and almost certainly in the lifetime of our children's children.”
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