Day: August 27, 2021

China: Bear bile as a miracle cure against corona!

In recent years there have been increasing indications that China would like to improve its image in the global public with regard to environmental and animal welfare.

It sent out a promising signal: China’s decision to ban the consumption and trade of wild animals could have changed the fate of the countless animals plagued by the illegal wildlife trade for the better.

But right from the start, the ban excluded certain areas such as the medical use of animal products.
Ironically, the law, purportedly designed to protect wildlife, has seen the tremendous rise of a wildlife exploitation industry that happened in China’s past

This is now revealed in the course of the corona crisis: China’s National Health Commission recently published the recommendation for the treatment of the coronavirus with the help of a recipe from traditional medicine (TCM), which contains bear bile, among other things.
This is tapped from collar bears and sun bears as part of an extremely painful procedure – mostly under cruel conditions and up to twice a day.

New laws also enable China’s bear bile farms to continue.

The Chinese Animal Welfare Act, enacted in 1989, provides for wild animals as a resource that can be used for human benefit. In 2016, it was changed to further legitimize the commercial use of wildlife, and it was explicitly stated that animals can be used for traditional Chinese medicine.

China is considered to be the center of the bear bile industry.

According to reports, around 10,000 bears live there in captivity – many of them originally come from the wild. The use of traditional healing methods and the use of animal products in medicine has been promoted by the government in China for years, also currently in the treatment of corona patients.

The Chinese government recommends using a bear bile product along with a range of traditional herbal medicines to treat severe symptoms caused by COVID-19

This is all the more shocking given that wildlife management is believed to be the source of the COVID-19 pandemic.

A current study by Chinese scientists shows that formulations with bear bile are actually already being used.

The publication describes a clinical study in Guangzhou in which 72 patients, all of whom suffered from serious to severe consequences of the coronavirus, received a so-called “Tan Re Qing” injection.

The product, which in addition to bear bile powder also consists of other animal and vegetable ingredients, is also sold in China via online pharmacies, among others.

Bile juice is drawn off from them twice a day in an unbearable procedure.
This intense, excruciating process makes the bears moan and tremble constantly. If they still have the strength to do so.

For this purpose the farmers on the Chinese bear farms impaled catheters through the abdominal wall into the gallbladder.

A tube is passed through this tube directly into the organ without anesthesia.

There are different types of biliary drainage – with latex catheters, metal corsets, metal catheters, the free-drip method…
The metal catheter is usually between 13 and 19 centimeters long, heavily contaminated and causes unimaginable, permanent pain and damage that will sooner or later perish the bears.

It is considered “humane” to do without the catheter and let the juice drip from an opening in the abdomen, which is surgically connected directly to the bile.
So that the animal does not tear its pipe or hose out of the inflamed wound in pain, it is fixed in a steel corset and permanently condemned to complete immobility.

We speak out strongly against torturing bears for medical purposes.
We urge the Chinese government to remove this drug from their recommended list and include only traditional herbal medicines.
In neighboring countries such as Vietnam, drawing bear bile has been banned since 2005, and in Indonesia there are only a few known illegal bile farms.

The use of remedies with bear bile, which contain the active ingredient ursodeoxycholic acid, is – regardless of any medical benefit – completely superfluous, and yet associated with extreme suffering for the animals

There are numerous herbal alternatives, but also synthetically produced ursodeoxycholic acid.
The use of the animal product cannot be justified in view of the animal suffering it entails.

China and Vietnam have banned the consumption of wild animals. This ban must be extended to include the use of wildlife in traditional medicine, preventing animals such as bears, tigers and pangolins from being abused.

And I mean…The cruel bear bile business is not new.
What is new is the hocus-pocus with the healing of the corona symptoms through the.

In the flood of reports (mostly fake information) on the corona virus, this message was largely lost.

If we got that right now a product from the wildlife trade – Gall fluid from bears – recommended as a drug against a disease that is believed to have broken out in a wildlife market – COVID-19!!

Not only is this a crime for the animals, it is dangerous charlatanry against human health.
It is just as dangerous to believe that bear bile cures corona as it is to believe that vaccinations against Covid 19 are safe because they have been tested on animals!

According to the current state of knowledge, there is no evidence for the effectiveness of bear bile against Covid-19.

The recommendation of the Chinese Health Commission sends the wrong message.
Because this will only benefit the illegal wildlife trade, human health will go away empty-handed.

My best regards to all, Venus

Behind The Scenes – Trailing Live Exports.

Other videos; older, but has anything really changed ?

Ask the EU.

We did UK horse export investigations during 2001 -2004; see more on it and our other live export work at:

Its Time To Decide – The World Wants Change; So Lets Have It !

Regards Mark

Enjoy – something good for a change – one of the best bands ever !:

Live at Ally Pally, London:

UN criticised over statement on overuse of antibiotics in farming.

Court Rules Rampant Misuse of Antibiotics on Factory Farms Can Continue -  EcoWatch
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Antibiotics health crisis - Compassion highlights the part played by  factory farms | Compassion in World Farming
Picture – CIWF London

UN criticised over statement on overuse of antibiotics in farming

Statement calling for significant cut in antimicrobial drug usage is ‘real missed opportunity’, say critics

Animal health experts and UN leaders have called for a significant reduction in antimicrobial drug usage in food animals, which is already causing a “silent pandemic”.

But critics say the statement is “a real missed opportunity”, pointing to its failure to set reduction targets or even call for a ban on the use of antibiotics for animal growth promotion.

Drugs which are critical for humans are being used in enormous quantities in animal production. As a result there is a far higher probability of drug-resistant bacteria and viruses emerging. This could lead to some of the world’s most important drugs becoming ineffective against common infectious diseases such as pneumonia, tuberculosis and gonorrhoea, with death rates rising.

The joint statement issued this week by the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) and the UN’s global leaders group on antimicrobial resistance called for “significant and urgent reduction in the amounts of antimicrobial drugs, including antibiotics, used in food systems” and said this was “critical to combating rising levels of drug resistance”.

The overuse of antimicrobials has led to what G7 leaders called a “silent pandemic” in June. Drug-resistant diseases already cause at least 700,000 human deaths globally every year, according to the statement. “The world is rapidly heading towards a tipping point where the antimicrobials relied on to treat infections in humans, animals and plants will no longer be effective.”

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Antimicrobial drugs, which include antibiotics, antifungals and antiparasitics, are used in food production all over the world, the statement said, and are “administered to animals not only for veterinary purposes (to treat and prevent disease), but also to promote growth in healthy animals”.

But despite the statement’s strong wording, experts said it had few teeth.

“Basically what [this call] lacks is a clear target for reduction,” said Thomas Van Boeckel, an antimicrobial resistance, disease, and livestock production systems scientist at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology.

Although commendable, the statement does not say “quantitatively what they mean by significant”, Van Boeckel said. That meant, “they make no commitment, basically”, he added.

He said the targets must be country specific. “It would be unfair, for example, to impose stringent targets on developing countries who need livestock for their livelihoods.”

Antibiotics are essential to human health. So why are we wasting them to  make farm animals a tiny bit bigger? | UN Dispatch

But, he said, high-income countries and China could aim for less than 50mg of active antibiotic ingredient per kilogram of meat raised. Many EU countries are using more than that, he said, referencing a 2017 paper he co-authored.

Van Boeckel’s paper found that implementing a global cap of 50mg of antimicrobials, per kilogram of animal product, per year could reduce total consumption by 64%.

The paper said the 50mg cap corresponded to the average global use of antimicrobials in 2017. It further recommended user fees and caps on veterinary use to control antimicrobials.

“This statement is far too cautious and a real missed opportunity,” said Cóilín Nunan, a scientific adviser at the Alliance to Save our Antibiotics. “There is no target [and] not even a call for an immediate end to the use of antibiotics for [livestock] growth promotion.”

Most disappointing, he said, is how little the statement says about intensive farming. “Intensive farming, the root cause of so much animal disease and antibiotic use, is once again let off the hook. Where is the global leadership that is needed if we are ever to move to more sustainable farming practices and drastically cut farm antibiotic use?”

Henk Hobbelink, an agronomist and co-founder of the small-farmer focused NGO Grain, agreed and said the use of antimicrobial growth promoters in factory farming needed “to be banned, immediately and everywhere”.

Another solution that has been suggested is to develop animal-only antibiotics. Timothy Walsh, who is working with a team to develop animal only replacements at the Ineos Oxford Institute (IOI) for antimicrobial research, said it was “bonkers to use the same drugs in animal feeds as you would to treat neonatal sepsis”.

The IOI’s vision, he said, is to “move to a place where in supermarkets across the UK and beyond food will be labelled NHA [meaning] no human antibiotics” but it “will take, time, effort, money, goodwill and global policy”.

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Regards Mark

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Afghanistan: Kabul Zoo 25/8/21 – All Ok; Animals Being Cared For; They Have Food and Water. The Mayhew and One World (OWAP), and the Zoological Society of London (ZSL) are in Constant Contact with Kabul Zoo; Monitoring and Helping.

WAV Comment – with the terrible situation currently in Afghanistan, there have been concerns about the animals kept in Kabul Zoo.  It seems that all the animals are currently ok – Both the Mayhew and One World Actors Animal Rescues (OWAP), and the Zoological Society of London are in touch with Kabul Zoo daily, cooperating to help the welfare of the animals.

The most important news (see below), is that the zoo is still in operation, and the staff continue to care for the animals the best they can under the circumstances.

The zoo is currently NOT in any immediate danger.

They have supplies of food and water and are in the process of acquiring further supplies..

Regarding Kabul Zoo

CWI is a proud supporting member of the Asia for Animals Coalition.

This morning they sent all members an email with details regarding the situation at Kabul Zoo. We are providing the full text of that email here to stop the spread of misinformation.

Please know that we have no additional details, and we are not actively engaged in this situation. Any other updates will also be provided here and in our social media.


The zoo is still in operation, and the staff continue to care for the animals the best they can under the circumstances.

The zoo is currently not in any immediate danger.

They have supplies of food and water and are in the process of acquiring further supplies..


Given that the situation in Afghanistan is unstable, there are concerns for the animals at Kabul Zoo. However, as of 25th August we can confirm that zoo staff are working as normal and the animals are safe.


Both The Mayhew and One World Actors Animal Rescues (OWAP), and the Zoological Society of London are in touch with Kabul Zoo.

These organizations are not directly involved in the zoo’s activities, but are in direct contact with the zoo’s director. The Asia for Animal Coalition’s 22 core member organisations are here to support these organisations and are monitoring the situation.

Director of Kabul Zoo, Mr. AzizGul Saqib, has confirmed that, although the situation is fluid and the future as yet uncertain, that the animals have food and water. Mr Saquib stated:

” We providing the complete standard menue of the food” and that the Zoo staff and vets are still on-site and tending to the animals..”We will be in contact if we need any thing for the animals”

STATEMENT from the Zoological Society of London

ZSL London Zoo, part of international conservation charity ZSL, is committed to providing support to Kabul Zoo. The two zoos have worked together over the years, with our teams sharing expert knowledge and experience. With the rapidly changing situation in Afghanistan, ZSL London Zoo’s team remain in contact with Kabul Zoo at this time and will continue to provide support and advice whenever and wherever possible.


Mayhew is a UK registered animal welfare charity, working primarily with dogs and cats. Our work in Kabul with our branch, Mayhew Afghanistan, is delivery of a mass canine rabies vaccination programme and a TNR programme for the city’s free-roaming dog population. We do not have a shelter there.

The safety of our staff is a priority at this time, but we are hoping to resume our operations if and when circumstances allow and it is safe to do so. There will still be free-roaming dogs in Kabul and rabies will raise its ugly head again.

Mayhew’s relationship with Kabul Zoo started in 2002 when we were part of a group of NGOs that helped rebuild the zoo. Dr Mohammadzai DVM, our Afghanistan Country Director, has facilitated connections for Kabul Zoo with ZSL London and also provided training for vets and carried out more complex surgeries for them. We have a warm relationship with the Zoo Director.


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We are currently seeking advice on the best organisation to receive donations in support of Kabul Zoo. This will be updated as soon as we have more information.

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Regards Mark