Kelly Frances McKenna on Saving Korea's Moon Bears
The bear plays an important role in Korea’s founding myth. As the legend goes, the nation was founded by the union of a bear-woman and the son of the Lord of Heaven, Hwan-ung. Sadly, less than 20 Asiatic Black Bears roam South Korea’s wild areas today. Yet over one thousand of these animals, also known as Moon Bears, are kept in terribly inhumane conditions, due to the practice of bear bile farming. My guest for this week's show is Kelly Frances McKenna, the founder of Bear Necessity Korea and the author of an educational blog about Moon Bears. Through her efforts, Kelly hopes to end this disturbing practice and save one of Korea’s most beautiful and important creatures.