Black Bear in a bear farm in Savannahket, Laos © TRAFFIC

Brought to Bear

Black Bear in a bear farm in Savannahket, Laos © TRAFFIC


Published 21 August 2014


Parts of 2800 bears seized in Asia over a 12-year period

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 21st August 2014—A new TRAFFIC analysis of hundreds of seizures sounds the alarm on Asia’s ongoing widespread bear trade and the need for immediate international action.

Brought to Bear: an Analysis of Seizures across Asia

Report author(s):
Elizabeth A. Burgess, Sarah S. Stoner, Kaitlyn-Elizabeth Foley

Publication date:
August 2014


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