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Suffering`s End: Mother Bear Kills Cub and Self to Escape Life of Bile “Milking”

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Mother Bear Kills Cub and Self to Escape Life of Bile “Milking”

Mother Bear Kills Cub and Self to Escape Life of Bile “Milking”

A mother killed her baby and herself to end the torture of life on a  bearbile farm. She hugged her cub until it suffocated, then drove her own head  into a wall.

Bear bile is prized in traditional Chinese medicine, and the  demand for it has led to mass production. Bear farmers lock moon bears into “crush cages,” so small the bears can’t move. Then farmers puncture their gall  bladders to siphon off their bile.

The resulting wound stays open because farmers force needles or shunts into  it so often. It becomes “susceptible to infections and diseases which can cause  the animals unbearable pain,” according to the Daily Mail. Also common are broken teeth from biting on the bars of  cages, painful foot conditions…

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