S Korean farmers in bitter dispute over attempts to end bear-bile industry

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Bears at this farm in Dangjin... South Korea... Caged since birth in cramped... filthy pens because once they’re age 10... it’s legal to slaughter them for bile... a pricey cure-all used in traditional medicine... But for now... farmers are sparing the 1,000 or so Asiatic black bears at over 50 farms nationwide... including these... Once... bear bile earned them hundreds of thousands of dollars per year... But in the last five years... most sold none... Domestic demand plunged due to cheap foreign bear bile... debate on bile’s effectiveness... and international condemnation... Over three decades ago... the government urged the industry’s birth... Now... both sides want its shutdown but can’t agree on compensation for euthanizing and sterilizing each bear... The state offered compensation of slightly less than 3 million won or 2,800 dollars... But this made farmers angry...

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