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UK ARAs Vs Chinese Bear-Bile Farming

A British animal rights activist joined hands with practitioners of traditional Chinese medicine on Monday to call for an end to bear-bile farming, which they say is cruel and unsafe.

The new campaign against the ancient practice targets pharmaceutical companies, such as Kaibao, that make fever suppressants from bile extracted drip by drip from holes punched into the bodies of thousands of caged bears.

This harvesting technique is approved by the Chinese government, but the animal welfare activists have linked up with professors who argue that the product may be harmful to human health and could easily be replaced by safer, more humane alternatives.

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