I was involved in the campaign to end the farming of bears for extraction of their bile when I was working in the animal welfare sector. Various animal welfare investigators who have visited bear bile farms have found bears kept in tiny cages, so that they can have their bile extracted out of their gall bladders. Extreme suffering results. Here’s one resource for more information.
So I shared the deep concern of animal protectionists when I recently learnt that a company that is involved in farming bears for their bile in China is trying to get listed publicly.
(We still need to use our own personal compass to guide us and be vigilant. For example, if you care about animals like I do, we may choose to invest in businesses that don’t trade in animals, which may still be listed as “socially responsible” under other criteria.)
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While there are companies which say they enforce standards by the Kimberly Process, this is what Charmian Gooch, a Founding Director of Global Witness, a human rights group has said:
“Nearly nine years after the Kimberley Process was launched, the sad truth is that most consumers still cannot be sure where their diamonds come from, nor whether they are financing armed violence or abusive regimes.”
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