Thursday, 21 August 2014

New report reveals the horrifying extent of the illegal bear trade

At least 3,000 individual bears from 700 seizures have been traded for their parts and derivatives in Asia between 2000 and 2011, according to the known facts collected in a new report by TRAFFIC.

However the organisation fears the number of bears actually trafficked could be much higher.

The analysis of these close to 700 seizures revealed that a minimum of 2,801 individual bears would have been traded, with the majority of reported seizures involving Cambodia (190), China (145), Vietnam (102), Russia (59), Malaysia (38), Thailand (29), Lao PDR (29) and India (23). 

Bears are trafficked for their parts, meat, skins and trophies while their gall bladders and bile are used to manufacture traditional medicines, as well as for the pet or dancing bear trade. 

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