Bear Gall Bladder Prices – Official and Black Market


Bear Gall Bladder Price

Bear Gall Bladder Price

Bear Gall Bladder Prices

As you’ll find out, there’s a wide range of prices for bear gall bladders. Listed below are some price ranges as reported by various sites.

Mantoos says this regarding the price, “The further step experienced by bile is that it helps in the absorption of fatty acids and cholesterol as well as it takes away a lot of waste products from liver to intestine. It is also said to be a good medicine for those who wants to lose their weight. That’s why, it is the most highly commodity on the black market. In domestic market, its price is about $400 to $600.”

The taxidermy.net forums has this to say regarding price, “Bear Galls are still legal to sell in New York, They are listed as (visera?)not the same as (parts) And it is a state by state law. I don’t know where you should try to sell them other than to find a local buyer in your area seeing how it is legal there as well, But don’t give them away. They can get into the thousands of dollars once they are in a shop and dried but the average prices I see usually start around $250.00 per gall (raw) and go up from there depending on size and density. Check with the buyer first before you decide to sell any, The buyers I have dealt with just want them tied off and hung to dry. Make sure you keep tag numbers etc. with the gall. I do not believe in killing animals for those reasons but if the bear is legally taken I’d rather sell the gall then just toss it out.”

Here is what arktofile.net reports, “TRAFFIC visited seven Chinese cities to assess the availability of farmed bile versus whole gall bladders. Farmed bear bile was found in each of the cities and was also being sold on the train from Guangzhou in southeastern China to Shenzhen. It was also being sold in the duty free area of Beijing International Airport, which is most likely a CITES infraction as all of China’s bears are banned from international commercial trade. In all, TRAFFIC found 27 brands of farmed bear bile products, including 18 brands of bile, six tonics and three wines. Farmed bile sold for up to US$9 per gram.”

This is what traffic.org reports on the price of bear gall bladders, “Gall bladders were found in Heihe, a market town along the Sino-Russian border. One merchant offered a gall bladder allegedly from a Russian bear for US$90, and claimed to have up to seven others. In Changchun, one gall bladder labelled as coming from near the Sino-North Korean border was seen in the airport. Guangzhou was the only other Chinese city where gall bladders were openly sold in 1995. In total, three merchants in three cities offered gall bladders for sale, priced up to US$8.83 per gram or US$500 or more per whole gall bladder.

Endangeredspecieshandbook.org provides this information regarding bear gall bladder prices, ” All of the world’s eight species of bears, except the Giant Panda, have suffered population declines as a result of this Traditional Medicine trade (Knights 1996). Their gallbladders are ground into powder, and bile is extracted for various medicinal purposes, including digestive problems, inflammation and blood purification. Sold at extremely high prices, a record $45,000 was paid for a single gallbladder (Barron 1991). To illustrate the avid market in this product, an Asian dealer in New York City was murdered in 1991 to obtain his profits from the sale of bear gallbladders. Japan imported 1,500 pounds of bear bile in 1989 alone (Schaller 1993).

The largest consumer of bear bile is now South Korea, and Koreans have even hunted Black Bears (Ursus americanus) in California and placed ads in newspapers to purchase bear gallbladders from hunters (Knights 1996). A Grizzly or Brown Bear (Ursus arctos) gallbladder can sell for up to $10,000 on the black market, and the larger the gallbladder, the higher the price. A Black Bear gallbladder can be purchased from a poacher in Idaho for $15, but in Hawaii, it brings $1,500, and in Korea, as much as $15,000 (Barron 1991). Some AIDS patients in the United States take extracts of bear gallbladder as a supposed cure for this disease, according to CBS News (July 7, 1993).”


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