Kinkade Art Dealer
~~ I might be most known as a successful Art dealer

Animal Lover
While I admire beautiful Art, and especially Thomas Kinkade as an Artist, I am well aware that the acquisition of beautiful Art does absolutely nothing to help tortured animals that has become more and more my focus and commitment to handle.
~~ Here's what my attention is on the most.

Animal trainer Umesh Bhandari makes "Bhaloo" the bear dance to the rhythm of his stick at Udhna town, 220 miles north of Bombay, Friday, July 25, 1997. Bhaloo and Umesh perform on the express highway leading to north India and attract passing vehicles to fund their shows.  (Sherwin Crasto/ AP Photo ) Courtesy ABC news

Good news!!!
Click this link to see how many of the bears have already been rescued ....and where the Bear Shelters are. There are still approx 1000 bears out on the Streets of India.
Wildlife Rescue in India

I invite you to watch a short movie on the Dancing Bears of India. This is something I feel passionate about and am supporting with $$$$. All my Kinkade clients have contributed to saving a Bear cub and its life of brutality.

A Wildlife SOS movie to save the Dancing Bears of India
Click here to watch Movie
My biggest focus at this time is this ~~
The trade in dancing bears has been illegal in India since 1972, but kalandar nomads still use bears on the streets to beg money from tourists. Indian dancing bears are sloth bears that have been poached from the wild as tiny cubs. Any cub that survives this trauma is destined for a life of misery and pain, beaten and abused to make him 'dance.'
More about the bears If these links struck a cord and you want to read more click here ~~
IAR has been campaigning to free the bears since 2002 when our first sanctuary opened in Agra, India

Bear Cruelty is Legal in China. There are no laws against it
"You can tell about the character of a Country by the way it treats its animals"
(Mahatma Gandhi)

Bear Farming

Thousands of bears are being kept in "torture chambers" to produce bile for the traditional Chinese medicine market, wildlife campaigners say. The London-based World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA) has published the results of a two-year undercover investigation into 12 bear bile farms in China.

The survey has been released to coincide with a major international conference on endangered species.

Dozens of bears, kept alive only for their bile, were trapped in cages so small they couldn't move, their bellies spiked with crude, dirty, often- infected devices to allow the farmers to "milk" their bile twice a day and sell the fluid secreted by the liver as medicine.

In the 1980's, China set up bear farms to extract the bile from the gallbladders of living bears. Despite its original intentions to 'conserve' bears, farming bears has created problems of its own. Over 7,000 bears, originally taken from the wild are kept in bear farms in China. This is cheaper than breeding bears in captivity.

Because of the demand for stock bear farms, as few as 12,000 bears may be left locally in the wild. As it is cheaper, farmed bile has actually increased the market for bear parts. Farmed bile is smuggled all over the world, but it is still viewed as inferior to bile from a wild bear because of the poor conditions in the farms.

Wild bears continue to be poached for their gall in China. At the farms, bile is surgically extracted from the gall bladder through a steel tube surgically inserted into the body of the bear. This device often causes pain and infection. The bears are kept in very small cages in which they can barely move. As well as destroying their muscles and bones, this confinement causes deep psychological disturbance to the animals. Most sway from side to side repetitively. Compared to an average twenty-five year life expectancy in the wild, farmed bears usually only survive between four and ten years. Physically debilitated and psychologically disturbed, these bears can never be released back into the wild but can thankfully be transferred to a sanctuary such as those operated by Animals Asia Foundation or WSPA so that they may lead a relatively much healthier life.

Both farmed and wild captured or poached bears will have their fat, skin, paws, bones, claws and other parts removed for use in traditional medicines, meals in expensive restaurants or as charms.

Barbaric Torture
Over 7,000 bears are kept in bear farms in China. In the farms, bile from the gall is extracted through a steel tube surgically inserted into the body of the bear. This process causes extreme pain, infection and distress. The bears are kept in very small cages in which they can barely move. As well as destroying their muscles and bones, this cruel confinement causes deep psychological disturbance to the bears.

Compared with the average 25 year life expectancy of a wild bear, these caged creatures only survive about 4 years and slowly die of extreme torture

The largest consumers of bear products are Korea, Taiwan, Japan, China and Asian communities through out the world.

Ready alternatives are available in traditional Chinese medicine from herbs. There is even a synthetic version of bear gall made from cow gall known as UDCA. This is manufactured in large quantities and is widely available at a fraction of the cost of bear gall.

There is not one shred of evidence that Bear bile treats anything or anyone.  Yet these brutal Chinese torture the bear without any anesthesia, 24/7/365


Chinese Torture of Bears

Bears are hunted legally for recreation in China.   They are also poached for their skins as rugs and trophies. Body parts from bears are used to supply the traditional Chinese medicine trade and exotic meat market.  Their Paws are cut off while they are still alive to use for "Bear soup."

See more links on this~~~

'Torture chamber' agony of China's bears

The Unbearable Trade in Bear Parts and Bile


AF - China Bear Rescue

BEARS, Bears and More BEARS!


"It's almost a form of child abuse," says Carol McKenna of the OneVoice animal welfare group. "The cruelty of Chinese zoos is disgusting, but think of the impact on the children watching it. What kind of future is there for China if its children think this kind of cruelty is normal?"

But the cruelty of Badaling doesn't stop with [ripping] animals apart. For those who can still stomach it, the zoo has numerous traumatised animals to gawp at.

A pair of endangered moon bears with rusting steel nose rings are chained up in cages so small that they cannot even turn around.

One has clearly gone mad and spends most of its time shaking its head and bashing into the walls of its prison.

There are numerous other creatures, including tigers, which also appear to have been driven insane by captivity. Predictably, they are kept in cramped, filthy conditions.

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