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Asiatic Black Bears

Asiatic Black Bears

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Asiatic black bears are also known as “moon bears”, and are the most common species farmed for their bile. Extraction of a bear’s bile is done in a process the farmers call “milking,” and is usually performed twice a day. A catheter in the form of a rubber or steel tube is implanted into the bear’s abdomen by the farmer. The bile is then drained from the catheter, collected, and sold for traditional Asian medicine.