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Governor signs ban on products containing bear bile

June 28, 2012
The Maui Weekly

The Maui News - Gov. Neil Abercrombie has signed into law House Bill 2296, which prohibits the purchase, sale, transportation and delivery of any item containing bear bile or gallbladders.

The Humane Society of the United States asked Hawai'i to ban the trade of products containing bear bile and parts. The organization said it found imported eyedrops, lotions and shampoos containing bear gallbladders and bile available for sale in Honolulu's Chinatown.

Bear bile can sell for thousands of dollars an ounce. According to the national organization Born Free USA, American black bears are poached for their gallbladders. In Asia, bears are caged with catheters inserted into their gallbladders to drain their bile.



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