On Nov. 19, the remains of a mutilated bear cub was found by a road crew in Triangle , Virginia. Authorities discovered the bear cub’s gall bladder had been removed.
On Nov. 23, a news outlet in Vietnam reported a new campaign attempting to change attitudes and behavior toward the uses for bear gall bladders and bile. According to VOVNews, “An Education for Nature Vietnam (ENV) survey of more than 3,000 residents of three major cities – Hanoi, HCM City and Da Nang – shows that 22 percent of people interviewed said they have used bear gall.” ENV recommended that Vietnamese agencies crack down on the laws protecting wild animals, including these bears, and promote their enforcement as well as scientific research on bear conservation.
Uses for Bear Gall Bladders & Bile:
There are apparently several bear gall bladder uses that many internet users are trying to learn more about. Bear gall bladder bile is used in Eastern medicine for a variety of ailments, including diabetes, liver disease and heart disease.
‘Bear gallbladders and bile are used in traditional medicine to treat a variety of illnesses including fever, liver disease, convulsions, diabetes, and heart disease,’ says The Humane Society’s website. ‘Clinical research analyzing the medicinal properties of bear gallbladders indicates that they may be effective for treating a number of ills. However, other natural substances already accepted in traditional medicine, as well as synthetic substances, can be substituted.’
Unlawful Use of Bear Gall Bladders:
We’ve all heard of organ trafficking on the black market, but bear gall bladders? According to The Humane Society, bears now have to worry about more than just hunters because their gall bladders can fetch about $3,000 in Asia, where the organs are used for medicinal purposes.
Bear gall bladders aren’t the only bear parts that are used to treat these common ailments. In some cultures, people who eat bear paws are believed to take on the strength and vigor of a bear and eating bear meat is thought to enhance one’s virility. Oh and don’t forget pigs fly!
So are these bear gall bladder uses for real or just something crazy people have been searching for on the internet? I’ll stick to synthetic substances, thanks.
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