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Up to 15,000 Moon Bears are incarcerated for up to 30 years in coffin cages being milked for their bile. Join us in saving the Moon Bears and help us work to protect all Bears from a life of suffering and pain.

Our family here at White Magick Alchemy along with our friends and many of our dear customers are dedicated to stopping Bear Bile farming. Which is why I created these Moon Bear Candles! I feel compelled to raise awareness and thought how cool it would be to create a candle especially for the Moon Bears to raise money that we could donate, together, to help the plight of these beautiful Bears who do desperately need our help.

70% of the proceeds of the sale of every single Moon Bear Candle sold will go directly to the Animals Asia Foundation. Read more about Animals Asia below. Every Monday, what we call "Moon Bear Monday" go to our White Magick Alchemy Facebook page and I will post the amount of our weekly donation to Animals Asia! Our WMA Facebook Page can be accessed by copying and pasting this link into your browser or simply finding us... type in White Magick Alchemy and we will pop right up:

https://www.facebook.com/WhiteMagickAlchemy?ref=tn_tnmn

Every penny we raise and donate will go directly to provide medical care, rehabilitation and help in so many ways including rescuing these bears from the bear bile farms! I can’t sit idle on this topic, and hopefully we can sell a lot of candles so we can continue to send money to Animals Asia! Donations will be made directly on a weekly basis. I am donating my time, materials, fees and other costs to help feed their cause.... won't you please join us?

Each candle is scented with Wild Bamboo, one of the Moon Bears favorite treats! Black like the Moon Bears, each candle is adorned with a silver Moon Bear charm on a cream colored ribbon representing the Crescent Moon that Moon Bears have on their chests!

When I first learned about these bears being tortured, I was shocked and disgusted at why and how these people could do such things to these beautiful, innocent majestic animals. I cried for weeks, my family cried for weeks and it was within 10 minutes of learning about this bear bile practice that I was going to dedicate my time, any extra money I had to donate, anything I could, to help these poor bears and help put an end to this bear bile farming atrocity.

Up to 15,000 Moon Bears are incarcerated for up to 30 years in coffin cages being milked for their bile. Can you imagine being confined to a small rusty cage for 20 or 30 years?

In countries across Asia, thousands of bears live a life of torture on bear farms, so that their gallbladder bile can be extracted and used in traditional medicine to cure ailments ranging from headaches to hemorrhoids. Bears are confined in cages which vary from agonizingly tiny "crush" cages to larger pens, all of which cause terrible physical and mental suffering.


About Bear Bile ~

Moon bears (as well as some brown bears and sun bears) are used in the bear bile farming industry. The bear bile contains a chemical, ursodeoxycholic acid (UDCA), that is more abundant in bears than in any other animal. The bear bile is used in a number of treatments as part of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). However, leading Chinese medical practitioners stress that all bear bile products can be easily replaced by herbal or synthetic alternatives, which are cheaper, more readily available and just as effective. There are currently over 60 herbal and synthetic substitutes on the market right now that can be used instead of bear bile. So using bear bile is completely outdated and unnecessary.

You can read more about the bear bile industry here: http://www.animalsasia.org/index.php?UID=G7C61FB6ZY89

Bear Farming Cruelty ~

Because bears have a very strong constitution, they will survive these torturous conditions for decades and they are living literally in hell and pain. Their bile is extracted through a number of barbaric methods. Inserting crude metal catheters that are forced into their abdomen is one method, and their bile is extracted through tubes. Holes being bored into the bears' abdomen is another, so the bile is left to drip through gaping wounds. Some bears are made to wear a metal cage that tightly grips around their stomachs and literally are melded into their bodies over time causing them even more pain.

About The Moon Bears ~

These Moon Bears are Asiatic Black Bears and are the 3rd most endangered bears in the world (National Geographic) yet they are used for bear bile. Most bears are caught when they are cubs and their mothers are shot. They are trapped and put into these tiny cages, being trapped means that some Moon Bears are missing limbs. Moon Bears are found on farms who have completely outgrown their cage with their limbs sticking out and no more room to grow, so they have stunted bodies, heads and limbs.

For the last 8 months or so, since I learned about the Moon Bears, I have been doing all I can to raise awareness and am supporting AAF in their wonderful work to rescue moon bears from bear bile farming and to work with the Chinese and Vietnamese Government to outlaw this dreadful industry. They are the ONLY charity in Vietnam and China who work on the ground to rescue the bears and take them to their sanctuaries where they care for them for the rest of their lives.

And I hope that you will create awareness of Moon Bear Rescue and AAF and share with your friends, family and colleagues until this cruelty ends.

The amazing thing for me, is how forgiving these rescued bears are towards humans. I feel that they can teach the human race a thing or two about forgiveness and serenity.

About Animals Asia Foundation ~

Founded by Jill Robinson in 1998, Animals Asia Foundation is devoted to the welfare of wild and urban animals in Asia. They also work towards the conservation of endangered species.

AAF actually travel all round China and Vietnam and rescue these bears and continually try and get these bears out of bear farms, working with local Chinese and Vietnamese Governments, commissions and other public bodies.

When the bears are rescued, they are given immediate veterinary operations to examine the extent of their injuries and wounds. Most of the bears are riddled with tumours and some have cancer. With great sadness, some have to be euthanised immediately because they are beyond help and have been so badly mistreated and injured, it is kinder to put them at peace although very, very sad because they have never known freedom and were so close to it. And some bears actually pass away on the operating table because their bodies have just given up and they are in such a terrible state. It is such a tragedy when the Moon Bears die so soon after rescue.

Many bears have tumours and internal injuries caused by the crude extraction catheters. All of them have cracked and dry, flaky paws because they haven't walked on ground for years and years. They find it hard to move and walk at first because they haven't walked on solid ground for years. All of the bears have rotting teeth and gums from biting on the bars of their cage, and they are all badly underweight and malnourished, because they only receive watery rice gruel as food and have been starved. Because starving bears produce more bile.

But for the lucky ones who can make it, they have a bright and happy future after rescue and are cared for and given whatever surgery is needed by professional vets, some who volunteer from all over the world. They are given fresh fruit, honey and lots of treats, including browse which they love.

They are all rehabilitated to help them recover from their physical and mental torture over many years, which itself takes months and years, and live a happy life free of pain in AAF's sanctuaries in China and Vietnam.

We urge you to join us in our cause for saving the world and the Moon Bears! Animals Asia's official site is at http://www.animalsasia.org/
And their official Facebook page is at https://www.facebook.com/AnimalsAsia

Thank you ~

A special thank you to Moon Bear Rescue and Animals Asia for some of the information about Moon Bears contained within these writings. You can find and LIKE both Animals Asia and Moon Bear Rescue on Facebook!~
Nancy of WHITE MAGICK ALCHEMY®

Moon Bear . 2x3 Pillar Candle . Join us in Saving the Moon Bears and Protect all Bears from a life of Suffering and Pain

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