As of the end of June, we have successfully facilitated the sterilization of 557 captive bile bears in South Korea. This has been achieved by working together with our local partner Green Korea United.
Through this partnership, we have been able to bring the total number of bears sterilised since 2014 to 946—which is over 90 percent of the entire captive population of bears that are exploited for their bile.
We have successfully reduced the number of bear farmers not committed to the voluntary exit plan to just one, representing 14 bears on a single farm. The remaining 100 bears will be sterilized in 2016—meaning we will have achieved over 98 percent sterilisation by June 2016.
Our Director of Programs for Asia Pacific, Emily Reeves, has said in response to this positive progress: “The agreement by bear farmers to have bears sterilised is a huge development that will stop more bears being born into a lifetime of suffering.
“Although one bear farmer has not agreed to having his bears sterilised, every other bear farmer has committed to this. There will now be no increase in the number of bears on farms, and we will see a gradual decrease.
“We aim to see legislation introduced to make bear farming illegal, but we are in the final stages of the battle against this industry, with the significant step of 98 percent sterilization rates.”
Ending the bear bile industry for good We are committed to ending the suffering of bears, and this progress is a landmark step towards phasing out this cruel and inhumane practice.
We work in Asia to end cruelty to bears, and won’t stop until we’ve achieved it. Learn more about our work to end the bear bile industry.