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Veterinarians and nurses from Animals Asia Foundation perform a health check on an Asian black bear at the Sichuan Longqiao Moon Bear Sanctuary in Chengdu, Sichuan province, on April 27, 2010. Bears suffer various illnesses after their bile is extracted. More efforts are being made to prohibit selling bear bile products. Zhang Yushu for China Daily
Around 150 Chinese drugstores in Chengdu announced on Thursday that they would stop selling products containing bear bile powder, giving a boost to animal rights activists in China's long-running debate over the extraction of bile from live bears.