BEIJING: A Chinese man who raised bears to tap them for their bile, prized as a traditional medicine in Asia, has been killed and eaten by his animals. Six black bears attacked keeper Han Shigen as he was cleaning their pen in the northeastern province of Jilin on Monday, Xinhua news agency reported.
In practices decried by animal rights groups, bile is extracted through surgically implanted catheters in the bear’s gall bladders, or by a “free-dripping” technique by which bile drips out through holes opened in the animals’ abdomens. More than 200 farms in China keep about 7000 bears to tap their bile, which traditional Chinese medicine holds can cure fever, liver illness and sore eyes.
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