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A moon bear peers through the metal bars in a holding pen at the Vietnam Bear Rescue Centre near Tam Dao National Park in Vinh Phuc province, some 70 kilometers north of Hanoi, on July 19, 2017. Vietnam agreed on July 19 to rescue more than 1,000 bears from illegal farms across the country, in a move to end the traditional medicine trade in the creatures' bile. | Roberto Schmidt/AFP/Getty Images
Animals

Vietnam Agrees to Shut Down Illegal Bear Bile Farms

The government and a non-profit animal welfare organization agreed to rescue more than 1,000 bears from facilities that harvest bear bile, which is used in traditional medicine.

Published On 07/19/2017
11:41 AM EDT