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Vietnam bear bile animal cruelty 15 06 11

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Bear bile is extracted from the gall bladders of live Asian black bears.
Vietnam bear bile animal cruelty 15 06 11

A caged bear is raised for bile extraction at a private restaurant in Van Dinh town, northern province of Ha Tay, November 23, 2006. Keeping bears caged for commercial purposes has been banned in Vietnam for nearly two years. But experts say 4,000-5,000 remain caged, many feeding the illicit trade, sometimes in battery facilities with hundreds of animals.

FRANK ZELLER