Animals Asia rescues a bear named Paddington from a cruel bile farm in Vietnam

A bear named Paddington has been rescued from a tiny cage at a cruel bile farm in Vietnam after seventeen years, thanks to Animals Asia.

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Animals Asia, an animal welfare charity, rescued Paddington the Asiatic black bear from a bile farm last week. When the organization first heard about Paddington through the Department of Forest Protection in Nam Dinh, Vietnam, they knew they had to save her. The Department of Forest Protection told the organization that an officer spotted Paddington stuck in the small cage on the farm. Animals Asia, along with Vietnamese authorities, have worked together in recent years to end the farming of bear bile in the country.

It is estimated that there are still 310 bears at bile farms across the country that need to be moved to sanctuaries. Bear bile farming involves locking bears, usually Asiatic black bears or sun bears, in wire cages so small that they cannot move around. The animals are hooked up to catheters and “treated” for their bile over and over again for the rest of their lives. Their bile is then used in traditional oriental medicines. Although the practice is illegal in Vietnam, many farmers have found legal loopholes in the ban.

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Animals Asia contacted the Paddington keeper, who agreed to hand over the bear. They told the organization they first bought Paddington in 2005 from a wildlife dealer. Animals Asia believe Paddington spent 17 long years in a small confined cage, having years of painful bile extractions.

After his rescue, Paddington was treaty with marmalade, banana leaves, carrots, pumpkins, tomatoes and apples. Once she’s completed her 30-day quarantine period at the sanctuary, she’ll be able to explore her sprawling new home with other rescue bears.

“She was really dehydrated. His right side upper canine is broken with exposed pulp. This will need to be fixed, and when she is settled at the sanctuary, our vets will perform a root canal. This effective treatment will help save the tooth and save it a lot of pain. She also has a lot of tartar on her teeth which will be solved by eating a balanced diet with plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables at the sanctuary. The team found no abnormal signs in his gallbladder by ultrasound,” Animals Asia said in a statement to PEOPLE.

To learn more about Animals Asia and how you can help with their new bear sanctuary, please visit Animals Asia.

Vietnam has already agreed to shut down all bear bile farms. Now Sign this petition call on Malaysia once and for all to end the bear bile trade within its borders!

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