News For Animal Welfare


When it comes to the trade of illegal animal products, China is notorious for the use of local and exotic ingredients within traditional medicine. Perhaps one of the most well known ingredients is bear bile, used for it’s supposed medicinal properties for thousands of years. Used in traditional medicine, bear bile is believed to contain a range of therapeutic properties that aim to decrease inflammation and improve liver function. With this assumption the demand for products containing bear bile has dramatically increased, pushing China to the forefront of such practices.

Between March and November of 2006, WSPA conducted an undercover survey into the illegal trade of bear bile within the USA, Canada, Taiwan, Japan, Singapore, Korea, Australia and New Zealand. Upon analysis of their findings, WSPA concluded the majority of illegal bear bile products found in these countries had originated from China. Products were often clearly labelled as having been…

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