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Vietnam bear bile trade slumps

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HANOI - Nguyen Thanh Son opens a freezer for a potential customer, revealing the ears and feet of a bear packed in ice. 

He says they are still fresh because the animal was killed just three days before. "If you don't buy them now, I'll sell them to another client in the next three days," he says, offering to include 200 millilitres of bear bile free of charge.

A file photo of a bear. Activists have long called for an end to bear farms, which are known for brutal conditions. The animals are often kept in tiny cages and have their teeth and claws removed to stop them from harming or killing themselves. (AP photo)

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