Over 20,000 bears – mainly moon bears but also sun bears and brown bears – are held in captivity on farms in Asia to have bile extracted from their gall bladders on a regular basis, for profit.

Most farmed bears are kept in tiny cages, sometimes so small that the bears are unable to turn around or stand on all fours. Some bears are put into cages as cubs and never leave them, existing for up to 30 years under these conditions.

Often they grow too large to be removed through the cage door upon rescue.  This not only has a severe impact on their physical health, but also on their psychological well-being.


Animals Asia is working to end bile farming. 

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