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Merritt Clifton of Animal People in the USA kindly allowed us to reprint the following comments, which we consider very interesting – we commend to Quaker readers especially the paragraphs 4 – 6, as they may well seem particularly significant.

“WSPA has not gotten anywhere [in the campaign against bear bile farms] and my view is that their approach never has and never will.  Jill Robinson of the Animals Asia Foundation has since 1999 gotten more than 500 bears out of small bile farms that have then been closed.  WSPA alleges that this just means more bears are kept on the big farms, but there is no evidence that the market for bear bile is expanding, and plenty of indications that it is not.  Meanwhile, Robinson gets hugely favorable publicity all over China. Continue reading


In Bihar, India, Mohammad Sovrati bought a new carrier rickshaw with funds from an alternative livelihood package made available to Kalandars like him under the Integrated Sloth Bear Conservation and Welfare Project (ISBCWP). Prior to that, he danced bears for his livelihood, as his ancestors had done for over four centuries.

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