This horrendous torture must stop

You can help give bears a life worth living

Most bears used for bear bile are poached from the wild as cubs and are never let out of their cages. These bears suffer the most appalling levels of cruelty and neglect and are often in visible distress. Many are wounded or scarred from repeatedly rubbing or hitting themselves against the bars in frustration.

Sadly, many bile bears are held in ‘crush’ cages that do not allow them to move their limbs or even turn their heads, whilst their bile is repeatedly and agonisingly extracted.

The product fuelling this horrifying cruelty – bear bile – is claimed to cure illnesses from gallstones to heart disease. But it’s recognised to only be about as effective as an aspirin and synthetic alternatives are readily available. The suffering of bears for their bile is completely unnecessary.

This must stop.

Together, we can help end the exploitation of bears in the bear bile industry and protect wild bears from a lifetime of pain and abuse in captivity. Your support could help create solutions that address this problem from every angle – combining policy work, enforcement, awareness raising and education to drive this industry into non-existence. 

Your generous gift today could help:

  • Reduce the demand for bear bile and derivative products;
  • Strengthen weak legislation and/or create new legislation;
  • Raise awareness of alternatives to bear bile;
  • Ensure that no new bears enter the bear bile industry.

Please donate today and help ensure bears have a life worth living.

* Your donation will help protect animals around the world

$44 could help fund a bear crime officer to investigate and report crimes against bears.

$89 could help pay for the anaesthetic used before microchipping bears, minimising the animal’s stress.

$139 could help stop the bear bile trade through campaigning for better legislation and driving down demand for bear bile through education.



Where your money goes

World Animal Protection has been protecting animals for over 50 years and we passionately believe that animals matter. With your support, we’ll go where animal suffering is most far reaching and animal cruelty is most severe.

In 2017, 87% of funds raised went towards protecting animals in our four areas of work. We strive to ensure your vital donations make the largest impact for animals and help achieve lasting change.

* These figures are in local currency and taken from the New Zealand 2017 audited accounts.

  • Programs = 87%
  • Fundraising = 11%
  • Admin = 2%