Connect : Connect November 2011
25 Asiatic black bears are also called moon bears, because of the yellow crescent moon shape on their chest. They are one of eight bear species in the world and are listed under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) of Wild Fauna and Flora in the most critical category of endangerment. This means that no international trade in either live moon bears or any part of them is allowed. Unfortunately, for thousands of years moon bears have been hunted and killed for their gall bladders and bile. Yet, it has been proven through medical research that bear bile can be easily replaced by herb medicine or synthetic alternatives which are cheaper, more effective and more readily available. Despite this, thousands of bears are still caged on farms throughout Asia.
Connect March 2012