Moon Bears

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Brother Bear, Sister Moon, Tormentor man. Matrix’s agent Smith described man as a virus. He knew what he was talking about. We are the only species that destroys the environment in which we live, that kills for fun, that tortures living beings for filthy lucre. The Moon Bears are immobilized in a tiny cage for twenty years, the duration of their lives. Every day, twice a day, bile is extracted from their flesh for medicine, drinks and shampoos. The pain that they suffer is so great that the bears try to commit suicide. To stop them from doing that, their claws are pulled out and their teeth are sawn off. 10,000 Moon Bears are tortured in China, in Korea and in Vietnam. I have seen a whole film sequence about the torture and I felt ill, I wanted to turn off the PC, but I got right to the bitter end. At least this I owed to Brother Bear.
Jill Robinson, an English lady, is dedicating her life to the Moon Bears with the organization AAF. Let us help her by means of her website. In the next few days I will interview Jill for the blog, to find out about the products that contain the bile and the addresses of the places where the torture takes place. I will publish this and I will adopt a Moon Bear as a mascot for the blog. Read the letter from Carmen of AAF.

“Have you ever heard of “bile farms” in China, Korea and Vietnam and of the atrocities practiced on the Moon Bears? These marvelous animals, once they have been captured with traps that often cause terrible mutilation, are imprisoned and tortured for a practice that is so cruel that it has few comparisons. They are prisoners in tiny cages, no bigger than their bodies, cages that prevent any type of movement, that deform their bones and atrophy the limbs. About 10,000 bears are “milked” twice a day for the really painful extraction of their bile by means of rudimentary metal catheters inserted into their gall bladder. In ancient times, the bear was killed and its bile was used in traditional Chinese medicines. In the 1970 the bear, considered a protected species because it was becoming extinct, was imprisoned for life giving an infinitely superior production of bile. Today its bile can be completely substituted with herbal alternatives and more economic and more effective synthetic products. The market has an excess supply and to reduce the stocks, the producers also use it for the production of drinks and shampoos! These creatures go through indescribable suffering. Their limbs become atrophied a bit at a time until they have absolute immobility and with an agony that can last 20 years, they suffer this torture every day, until they die from tumours or chronic infections produced by the catheters that are inserted into their flesh. Nothing else is done for them: the infections, the psychological suffering, the malformation of the bones caused by the pressure of the bars, the pressure sores, the malnutrition kills them more rapidly. But most of these animals, very resistant, survive this unthinkable torture for decades. Many bears would like to put an end to their atrocious suffering by committing suicide, but they are prevented from doing this, by having their teeth sawn off, by having their claws pulled, leaving them only the possibility to be maddened for life.
The saving of the bears began in 1993 when a courageous English woman called Jill Robinson went to visit one of these places. In 1998, AAF-ANIMALS ASIA FOUNDATION was created to put an end to this cruel practice and1999 saw the opening of a centre for the recovery of bears that have been saved where the AAF staff gives these martyred animals the joy to live once more. Today there have been more than 280 bears that have been freed. The knowledge of the torture that the Moon Bears have had to undergo is moving. It provokes indignation and nudges consciences. With her association, Jill is today negotiating with the Chinese government to get the maximum result: the definitive closure of every individual bile farm. Jill and AAF can only fight their battles thanks to the donations that come from every part of the world.” Carmen
AAF – UK Tel.+44-1579-347148, ITALY Support Group - Tel. +39-010-2541998

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There was a bit of disinformation on Ballaro' last night. When the American guest was asked why people demonstrated in front NYSE against the bail-out, he merely pointed out that the only people getting hurt by the crisis are investors and financial experts. Not true. The guest knew very well that the people hurting are the millions of people who had to default on their mortagages. He also knows very well that taxpayers will be paying for the $700bl needed to refund the banks' shareholders while the same shareholders will get to keep the profits made by their good investments. (Shades of Alitalia's bail-out?) And that's the reason there were, and still are today, protesters in front of the New York Stock Exchange.

Posted by: loui pacella | October 1, 2008 08:36 PM


«Sono nativo di catania, ma vivo a Torino (fortunatamente) e per lavoro mi trovo in Crimea (Ucraina)… quello che ho appreso oggi dai giornali ha dell’invero simile….. Il nostro amato presidente ‘Silvietto Berlusconi’, ha “regalato” 140 milioni di euro per alleviare il crac del comune di Catania che ammonta ..udite udite… a 700 milioni di euro… cazzarola… e che minchia hanno fatto con tutti sti soldi…ma la cosa che mi fa veramente incazzare e che silvietto per salvare i suoi elettori siciliani… e permettetemi di dirlo… un pochino mafiosetti eheh!!!.. usa tranquillamente i soldini dei contribuenti italiani… che gran brava persona .. sono veramente sdegnato dal modo e con quale autonomia si operi nel nostro paese… vergogna.. ma un appello lo faccio a miei conterranei onesti.. volete trovare un reale modo di protesta.. radicale pero… andatevene.. lasciate i mafiosi da soli .. tutta quella gente affascinata dal mito del mafioso, del sistema parenterale.. fatelo.. io amo la mia terra e ho provato in mille modi a lottare la mafia… credetemi in mille modi.. ma ahime qualcosa di cosi fortemente radicato non va via… Ho insegnato due anni fa in un istituto scolastico nel siracusano e …. i miei allievi non conoscevano ne Giovannino Falcone e ne Paolino Borsellino… io ho pianto quando sono stati assassinati …. e non basta dedicare loro vie, piazze, aeroporti e cosi via… nelle scuole devono nascere delle materie dedicate alla coscienza antimafiosa.. ma prima di tutto un stato moderno all’avanguardia che vuole per il suo popolo un futuro sano che guardi alle nuove generazioni con amore, deve formare i suoi insegnanti a trasmettere una coscienza antimafiosa…Bene un saluto dall’Ucrania, un paese gentile, umile e sincero. Angelo Santuccio»

Posted by: angelo santuccio | October 1, 2008 10:21 AM


«Sono nativo di catania, ma vivo a Torino (fortunatamente) e per lavoro mi trovo in Crimea (Ucraina)… quello che ho appreso oggi dai giornali ha dell’invero simile….. Il nostro amato presidente ‘Silvietto Berlusconi’, ha “regalato” 140 milioni di euro per alleviare il crac del comune di Catania che ammonta ..udite udite… a 700 milioni di euro… cazzarola… e che minchia hanno fatto con tutti sti soldi…ma la cosa che mi fa veramente incazzare e che silvietto per salvare i suoi elettori siciliani… e permettetemi di dirlo… un pochino mafiosetti eheh!!!.. usa tranquillamente i soldini dei contribuenti italiani… che gran brava persona .. sono veramente sdegnato dal modo e con quale autonomia si operi nel nostro paese… vergogna.. ma un appello lo faccio a miei conterranei onesti.. volete trovare un reale modo di protesta.. radicale pero… andatevene.. lasciate i mafiosi da soli .. tutta quella gente affascinata dal mito del mafioso, del sistema parenterale.. fatelo.. io amo la mia terra e ho provato in mille modi a lottare la mafia… credetemi in mille modi.. ma ahime qualcosa di cosi fortemente radicato non va via… Ho insegnato due anni fa in un istituto scolastico nel siracusano e …. i miei allievi non conoscevano ne Giovannino Falcone e ne Paolino Borsellino… io ho pianto quando sono stati assassinati …. e non basta dedicare loro vie, piazze, aeroporti e cosi via… nelle scuole devono nascere delle materie dedicate alla coscienza antimafiosa.. ma prima di tutto un stato moderno all’avanguardia che vuole per il suo popolo un futuro sano che guardi alle nuove generazioni con amore, deve formare i suoi insegnanti a trasmettere una coscienza antimafiosa…Bene un saluto dall’Ucrania, un paese gentile, umile e sincero. Angelo Santuccio»

Posted by: angelo santuccio | October 1, 2008 10:20 AM


«Sono nativo di catania, ma vivo a Torino (fortunatamente) e per lavoro mi trovo in Crimea (Ucraina)… quello che ho appreso oggi dai giornali ha dell’invero simile….. Il nostro amato presidente ‘Silvietto Berlusconi’, ha “regalato” 140 milioni di euro per alleviare il crac del comune di Catania che ammonta ..udite udite… a 700 milioni di euro… cazzarola… e che minchia hanno fatto con tutti sti soldi…ma la cosa che mi fa veramente incazzare e che silvietto per salvare i suoi elettori siciliani… e permettetemi di dirlo… un pochino mafiosetti eheh!!!.. usa tranquillamente i soldini dei contribuenti italiani… che gran brava persona .. sono veramente sdegnato dal modo e con quale autonomia si operi nel nostro paese… vergogna.. ma un appello lo faccio a miei conterranei onesti.. volete trovare un reale modo di protesta.. radicale pero… andatevene.. lasciate i mafiosi da soli .. tutta quella gente affascinata dal mito del mafioso, del sistema parenterale.. fatelo.. io amo la mia terra e ho provato in mille modi a lottare la mafia… credetemi in mille modi.. ma ahime qualcosa di cosi fortemente radicato non va via… Ho insegnato due anni fa in un istituto scolastico nel siracusano e …. i miei allievi non conoscevano ne Giovannino Falcone e ne Paolino Borsellino… io ho pianto quando sono stati assassinati …. e non basta dedicare loro vie, piazze, aeroporti e cosi via… nelle scuole devono nascere delle materie dedicate alla coscienza antimafiosa.. ma prima di tutto un stato moderno all’avanguardia che vuole per il suo popolo un futuro sano che guardi alle nuove generazioni con amore, deve formare i suoi insegnanti a trasmettere una coscienza antimafiosa…Bene un saluto dall’Ucrania, un paese gentile, umile e sincero. Angelo Santuccio»

Posted by: angelo santuccio | October 1, 2008 10:19 AM


How can any responsible country deal with China? I mean why everything is made China??? Same for the United States, they don't think the environment is going to be a problem at all. So they continue to pollute our Planet, borrowing from the future generations the idea that security and everything is going to be ok. They are criminal countries, and who deals with them is criminal too.

Posted by: Mauro Mazzerioli | October 1, 2008 01:46 AM


That man is a deadly virus there are no doubts. We are destroying the entire ecosystem with a tremendous simplicity. We kill bee, bears, fishes... We try to save the economy when we should think about saving the planet to leave something for future generations. The human race has destroyed everything but she has the power to repair its damage, but prefers to fund military projects that environmental protection. Congratulations.

Posted by: Raffaele Ruta | September 30, 2008 10:24 PM


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