Bears That Inspired ‘Adorable’ Korean Paralympic Mascot Live In Caged Captivity

By: ELISE HU (NPR)   On this farm in Dangjin, South Korea, hundreds of bears live in these cages for 10 years until they are slaughtered for their bile. Conditions for bears used to be far worse. Elise Hu/NPR When South Korea's mountain town of PyeongChang hosts the Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games next year, a white tiger and …

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THE SECRET MISERY OF THE MOONBEAR, 2018

Video by Animals Asia, 2018 The moon bear has been chosen as a mascot for the 2018 Winter Olympics, to be held in PyeongChang, South Korea. However, the reality for thousands of these bears is dark: trapped inside small cages for most of their lives waiting to be slaughtered for their bile. South Korea has 39 of …

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Cuddly Olympic mascot draws attention to controversial South Korean bear farms

JIM MICHAELS  |  USA TODAY 1:33 a.m. GMT+7 Feb. 19, 2018 https://uw-media.usatoday.com/video/embed/110334796?placement=embed https://uw-media.usatoday.com/video/embed/110334796?placement=embed">Click to watch video  Inside a dog meat farm near Winter Olympics Just 25 miles from the Olympics, the painful sight of Korea’s dog meat trade is laid bare. USA TODAY SPORTS PYEONGCHANG, South Korea – The Asiatic black bear is one of the …

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Why moon bears need a moment in the sun

The official mascot for the 2018 Paralympic Winter Games is a moon bear. It may not sound like a big deal, but the species really needs this. Moon bears are waning in the wild, depleted by decades of hunting and habitat loss. But this ancient species — which ranges from Iran to Japan, and whose …

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