The Fight to Stop Illegal Bear Trafficking in Southeast Asia
The population of captive animals on “bear farms” in Laos has been increasing significantly in recent years, despite laws to protect the bears. After mother bears and their cubs—both Asiatic black bears and sun bears—are captured, their bile and body parts are harvested for use in traditional Chinese medicine. An organization called Free the Bears is trying to stem the crisis.
Read more about bear farms in Laos on National Geographic’s Wildlife Watch: http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2016/05/160505-asiatic-bear-bile-trade-laos/