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Table 1 Respondent beliefs (as %) concerning bear conservation and legislation, and valued opinions concerning bear bile use (n = 262; where applicable, correct responses are highlighted in bold)

From: Community attitudes towards bears, bear bile use, and bear conservation in Luang Prabang, Lao PDR

Statement True False Do not know
Bear conservation and legislation
 The number of bears in Laos is increasing 30.9 13.7 55.3
 It is possible to extract bile from a bear without killing the animal 29.4 46.2 24.4
 Most bears in farms were born in captivity 71.8 4.2 24.0
 Hunting bears in Laos is legal 8.4 84.7 6.9
 Consuming bear products in Laos is legal 9.5 63.4 27.1
Valued opinions concerning bear bile use
 Most people whose opinion I value have used bear bile for medicine and other purposes in the past 42.7 15.3 42.0
 Most people whose opinion I value will continue using bear bile in the future 34.0 8.8 57.3
 Most people believe you should use bear bile 32.4 17.6 50.0