bear baiting

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The barbaric spectator ‘sport’ of Bear Baiting pits dogs against defenseless bears, that have been de-clawed, de-toothed and chained up, for the amusement of spectators and to train dogs to attack. This vile practice is only legal in South Carolina, USA and in Pakistan.

Even before the baiting begins, the bears have had to endure immense pain and distress. Stolen from their families, they have their canine teeth broken, noses painfully pierced with rings and claws removed so they cannot injure the dogs. During the baiting they suffer terrible injuries and many will die before they reach the age of eight.

In an investigation by The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), they documented an “event” that drew hundreds of spectators for a four-hour show, where nearly 300 dogs attacked one bear in quick succession. Black bears are favored for baiting because of their shy nature and instinct to flee when threatened. According to the HSUS, “There are currently 26 captive black bears in South Carolina, many likely used for bear baiting.”

Bear baiting events are hosted by breed clubs associated with the American Kennel Club and the United Kennel Club. The South Carolina Department of Natural Resources issues permits for the possession of the bears, but has not inspected bear baiting events or come to rescue of the bears. It is absolutely necessary that these permits be rescinded and South Carolina join the rest of the nation in outlawing this cruel and disgusting “sport”.

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