Senators introduce legislation to combat bear poaching

Illegal hunting for bears to harvest their limbs is cruel, and it destroys a lot of bears," said Sen. John Kennedy, R-La.


A number of Senate members introduced legislation on Tuesday aimed at curbing the killing of bears in order to save their people around the world.

The Bear Poaching Elimination Act, sponsored by Sens. John Kennedy, R-La., And Tammy Duckworth, D-Ill., Will prevent the importation, exportation and trade of other internal organs illegally hunted on eight species of bears such as brown bears. , black bears and white bears. The same law was revealed to the Congress years ago.

The bill states that the secret operation of the state and the province "revealed that American bears are being hunted for their viscera," a body fluid such as gall bladder or internal organs such as gall bladder.

Thousands of bears are housed in cages on farms in areas such as China, Vietnam, Laos and Myanmar to extract their gall bladder, according to National Geographic. Extracted Bere Bere has been used in traditional Asian medicine, according to the World Society for the Protection of Animals, such as "used to treat kidney and stomach problems and digestive disorders." The organization said that recently, it has been heavily added to products such as shampoo and wine.

"Poaching poles to harvest their limbs is cruel, and it destroys a lot of bears," Kennedy said in a statement, adding that the move would make it harder for predators to benefit from their brutality.

Duckworth said the bill "will end this vicious practice in the United States and help reduce bearings and reduce the number of bears."

The bill will impose a fine of up to $ 25,000 on people who violate the terms of the bill.

In addition to banning international and international trade in bear organs, the law will encourage both national and international efforts to eliminate trade. It will also ensure that there is an organizational policy that focuses on domestic trade and products that contain, or are labeled to contain, bear viscera.

In 2018, wildlife officials in Canada demolished a black bear gallbladder smuggling ring in which more than 100 bears were killed in a three-year period. Bear gallbladders can sell thousands of dollars on the black market.

Last September, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and officials in Montana were investigating the death of a grizzly bear as a result of poaching despite grizzly bears being protected in Montana and less than 48 counties under the Endangered Species Act.