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HORRIFIC: After ban on eating wild animals, China is now promoting ‘bear bile’ as COVID-19 treatment

Bear bile is a fluid that is secreted by the animal's liver and stored in the gallbladder. This horrific practice has been used in traditional Chinese medicine since the eighth century.

MANTHAN CHHEDA: China is facing criticism for endorsing bear bile as a treatment for COVID-19, not long after banning the trade and consumption of wild animals in the country the wake of the coronavirus outbreak. In the wake of the coronavirus outbreak, which has infected close to 82,000 people and claimed 3,300 lives in mainland China, the country decided to impose a permanent ban on the trade and consumption of wild animals for food. The ban was enforced following enormous pressure from Chinese citizens as well as people from around the globe to end the use of wildlife as a resource, after it was revealed that a wild animal market in Wuhan may have been where the COVID-19 pandemic originated from.

Less than a month after the ban came into effect, the Chinese government has recommended using Tan Re Qing, an injection that contains bear bile to treat severe and critical cases of COVID-19. In addition to bear bile, the supposed cure also contains goat horn powder and other extracts. The treatment is one of many remedies published by China’s National Health Commission in a list released earlier this month, according to a National Geographic report. Shortly after the National Geographic report was published, animal rights activists and netizens took to social media to express their anger over China’s contradictory approach to wildlife: shutting down the live trade in animals for food on the one hand and promoting the trade in animal parts on the other…

Bear bile, which is essentially a fluid that is secreted by the animal’s liver and stored in the gallbladder, has been used in traditional Chinese medicine since the eighth century so traffickers are exploiting this loophole to go on with their activities, putting the entire world at risk of another virus outbreak. Even in the case of pangolins, which have been found to carry strains of COVID-19 (along with bats), the wild mammals continue to be sold in China’s markets as their scales are used for medicinal purposes. SOURCE…

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