Not only is bear bile farming totally disgusting, but it's extremely torturous to the bears!
Apparently a company called Guizhentang Pharmaceutical does NOT agree, as they've been using the bile in traditional remedies claimed to "shrink gallstones, reduce fevers and sooth the aftereffects of excessive drinking." You're just hearing about it now because the company stock went public, and wanted to use the IPO money to increase its stock of captive bears from 400 up to 1,200.
Houston Zoo just got a brand new baby!!
Yao is a 139-pound male Masai Giraffe that was just born to 5-year-old mom Neema and 6-year-old dad Mtembei.
They must be so proud of the not-so-little guy!
He's already 74-inches tall! That's 6'2"!!
So his name makes too much sense. He's called Yao after basketballer Yao Ming!
Yao is all about conservation and saving animals so we bet he's honored to have the new baybay named after him.
The baby made it's public debut last Saturday and now joins the other 8 giraffe guests at the zoo.
He's just so friggin cute we don't know what to do!!
Congrats on the new baby!
[Image via WENN & Stephanie Bledsoe-Adams/Houston Zoo.]
Yao Ming is a big fan of animals and trying to protect them.
He spearheaded the campaign against shark finning alongside Richard Branson.
He has most recently spoken out against bear bile farming.
So Yao and
NBA star Yao Ming is not a small guy, so it just shows how HUGE that baby panda is!
No wonder they're called the "giant" panda.
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Yao Ming has a new PSA about the cruelty of shark fin soup.
Shark finning is a cruel practice where the fins are cut off of sharks, many of which are still alive when it happens.
In California, there is a bill that would ban the sale, trade and possession of shark fins.
Aside from Yao Ming, other celebs like Leonardo DiCaprio, Edward Norton and more, have written a letter to California Governor Jerry Brown, urging him to sign the bill into law.
Check out the above video for a PSA about shark finning.
Save the sharks!