I am so glad that Julia wrote this post as I was about to write a similar post about moon bears here in China. As Julia mentioned, the largest threat to endangered wildlife here in China (most of Asia it appears) is the illegal wildlife trade. Like Loas, China’s largest market for illegal wildlife is traditional medicines, among the largest is bear bile. The bile from Moon Bears in particular is highly valued and because of this giant farms (technically illegal in China but not enforced) are started to “farm” the bile. The pictures Julia posted are actually some of the more humane cages I have seen on farms. Many of the cages are barely big enough for the entire bear so the farmers have less chance of getting harmed.