years ago this April, Jill Robinson first walked onto a bear bile farm. On that day in April 1993, Jill could have walked away, but she chose to act and do what she could. Today, you also have a choice. If everyone reading this donated just US$20, it would pay for the care of over 150 bears at our China sanctuary for a full year. Please help us celebrate 20 years of progress. Donate US$20 today (or whatever you can afford).
In the first 24 hours after the release of the full-length documentary "Moon Bear", over 600,000 people in China had viewed the incredible footage and their numbers continue to grow, showing enormous support for and echoing the public outcry against bear farming in China.
The undercover footage was shot between 2009 and 2010 by independent film-makers and reveals shocking scenes of “legal” and illegal bear farms with conditions that are clearly breaking current regulations.
It shows bears forced to wear metal jackets that weigh them down and hold rubber pipes into their gall bladders. Bear farmers are shown baking bile juice in dirty containers, smashing the dried bile, and hand-making capsules of bear bile powder.
The documentary was produced by Elsa Xiong, Tu Qiao and Chen Yuanzhong, who spent two years working on it, travelling to six provinces and conducting many undercover investigations. At the recent Animals Asia press conference in Beijing, the independent film-makers revealed a short version of this undercover exposé of the bear farming industry.
Elsa Xiong commented: “Because bear farms are closed from public, we encountered many unimaginable difficulties and risks. The bear farming industry is extremely cruel. What is even more shocking is that the legal bear farming industry allows many dirty and unsafe products to enter the market."
Click on the image below to view "The Moon Bear". Length: 45 mins / Language: Mandarin, English translation pending