UK Minister supports end to bear abuse

Recently, UK minister Jeremy Browne published a ‘written response’ to common debate questions which highlighted his stance on bear abuse in Korea. South Korea delayed talks about the issue at the National Assembly until further notice.

South Korea remains one of 3 countries to allow bear bile farming. In September 2010, a bill that may end bear bile farming in Korea was tabled by Rep Hong Hee Deok.

South Korea: Bears (House of Commons, written responses)

Nic Dakin: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make representations to the South Korean government to seek an end to the practice of farming bears for bile. [47580]

Mr Jeremy Browne: We consider bear bile farming to be an abhorrent practice. We are committed to promoting the conservation of wild animals worldwide, including through our membership of international agreements such as the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species. In addition, when appropriate, we look for opportunities to raise animal welfare issues bilaterally.