Bear Bile, Tiger Parts Sold in Myanmar Markets

Myanmar's Booming Illegal Wildlife Trade
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Workers extract bear bile"liquid gold"from the gallbladder of a bear, most likely an Asiatic black bear, in Mvng La in northern Myanmar in April 2006.

Bile is popular in traditional Chinese remedies and supposedly cures eye irritations, fevers, and liver problems.

"I've seen badly kept chimps and gorillas, but I've never seen 80 bears kept in a commercial setting in totally disgusting conditions  never having a hope in hell of getting out of there alive, and every day getting milked through a catheter in their stomachs," said Karl Ammann, a photographer who records Myanmar's (Burma)'s illegal wildlife trade.

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—Photograph by Karl Ammann
 
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