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Monday, 7 November 2005
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To the Honourable the Speaker and Members of the House of Representatives Assembled in Parliament:

The petition of certain residents of Australia draws to the attention of the House that approximately 8,000 bears are being kept in cages in China for the purpose of extracting bile for medical purposes and that the cages are so small the bears cannot move, which results in some of them going mad. It is further brought to the attention of the House that the Chinese plan to increase the number of bears, for these purposes, to 40,000.

Your petitioners therefore respectfully ask the House of Representatives to object most strongly to this horrendous and, tragic practice and ask that steps be taken to stop it immediately.

by Mr Keenan (from 20,350 citizens)