Are there wild bears in Vietnam?

How many bears are there in Vietnam?

The number of bears on bear farms in Vietnam has dramatically declined from approximately 936 in 2017 to 385 currently kept in private facilities.

Why is black bear gallbladder illegal?

The international commercial trade in bear bile is prohibited by the Convention on International Trade of Endangered Species (CITES), the treaty that regulates cross-border wildlife trade.

How much is bear bile worth?

A U.S. hunter can sell a bear gallbladder for $20 to $120, with the retail price ranging from $75 to $600. Paws fetch $25 to $60 each, while a carcass or hide can range from $200 to $1,500, according to the World Wildlife Fund.

What is an alternative to bear bile?

Ursodeoxycholic acid (UDCA), the active component of bear bile is used in a synthetic form in Western medicine and can serve as an alternative to bear bile in the treatment and management of certain cholestatic liver conditions.

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