Ban Tortuous Bear Baiting ‘Sport’


Target: Nikki Haley, Governor of South Carolina

Goal: Ban the horrific “sport” of bear baiting in South Carolina

Bear baiting is an appalling— and shockingly legal —“sport” that is all too common in South Carolina. These poor creatures are mutilated, tied down, and rendered defenseless while cruel participants sic aggressive hunting dogs on them so they can watch the fight.

Bears forced into the brutal world of bear baiting are mutilated by having their canine teeth and claws cruelly removed so that they are unable to defend themselves. Then they are forced to undergo several “fights” per day where they are tied down and ruthless dogs that have been trained to attack are unleashed upon them. The bears are viciously tortured for up to three minutes per fight, and a match is considered over when the dogs succeed in dragging the bear to the ground.

The wounded bears do not receive medical attention and are instead forced to suffer through as many fights as they can survive. In addition, the attack dogs are often injured or even killed during fights. Dogs belong in the safety of loving homes and should not be used for such a barbaric, dangerous purpose by humans whose goal is to train them to be aggressive toward other animals for the sake of twisted entertainment.

The South Carolina government must immediately outlaw this disgusting sport and begin strict enforcement of the ban to end the suffering of these poor creatures.


Dear Governor Haley,

I was shocked to learn that the unthinkably cruel practice of bear baiting is legal in the state of South Carolina.

As you may know, bear baiting is a horrific sport that involves rendering captive bears defenseless by removing their canine teeth and claws and then tying them down so aggressive dogs may be unleashed upon them. These poor creatures must endure several “fights” per day where they are tortured for up to three minutes or until the dogs have successfully dragged them to the ground. Wounded bears do not receive veterinary attention and must continue to suffer through as many fights as they can survive. Dogs are also often wounded or killed in fights.

No animal deserves to suffer through this torture for the sake of twisted entertainment. I urge you to show concerned animal welfare advocates across the country that you are taking this matter very seriously by demonstrating your compassion for these suffering animals. Please outlaw this disgusting sport immediately and see that a statewide ban is strictly enforced.


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  3. Sylvia Browning says:

    Please stop this hideous abuse of beautiful, defenceless creatures.

    This is medieval torture.

    You want bear baiting? YOU be the bear – and see what it feels like!
    I assure you that you would never want to participate in this vile practice again.

    Compassion is now in fashion. Didn’t you know? Get up to date, now.

  4. Im appalled yet again at the way these wonderful creatures are being treated. I can understand but not accept this happening in an uncivilised country but in South Carolina! I would never have thought it took place there! Its barbaric to say the least and when eventually (but soon I hope) these evil monsters are brought to justice I hope and pray that they are made to suffer for their sick twisted evil treatment of Gods wonderful creatures.

  5. I thought this only happened in backward countries like Pakistan. What is wrong with America? If you’re not slaughtering wolves you’re torturing bears. This must be stopped immediately. Do World Animal Protection need to set up sanctuaries for rescued bears in the US as well?

  6. What? I thought this only happened in backward countries like Pakistan. So obviously there are also a backward bunch of hicks in South Carolina who also think this disgusting act of cruelty is entertainment. I am truly shocked this happens in the USA. Words can’t express how absolutely disgraceful you are!!!

  7. mark gillono says:

    “So many people insist they are against animal abuse, cruelty, suffering and the inhumane treatment of animals, yet they don’t understand they are actively engaging in and supporting egregious suffering, abuse, cruelty and inhumane treatment when they eat animals and their ‘by-products.’ If you are against cruelty, suffering and inhumane treatment, then you go vegan. It’s just that simple.” – Sarah Kiser

  8. Elizabeth Bona says:

    America is a very backwards country. So much showing off from them when they are primitive. Land of the brave? Land of the cruel coward. Land of the kill everything.

  9. Elaina Crawford says:

    …………seriously!!!! Is this actually OK in America? They must truly be a nation of animal haters. I thought this only happened in countries where ignorance reigned supreme.

  10. Where is America, s compassion to allow such barbaric sport to thrive still to vote on it continuing, and you citizens of America say God Bless America like bloody hell, America and it citizens must know and realise the World is watching you and your citizens are showing the rest of the World how brutal and primitive you really are “there is a saying people who live in glass houses must not throw stones” this completes the picture America home of the cowardly and sadistic, the land of the greedy warped and corrupt, better get your act together.

  11. This isn’t a “sport” and should never be referred to as such. Anyone who engages in this type of atrocity is nothing less than a COWARD and should be locked up !!!

  12. SCDNR honored by Human Society for effectively shutting down bear-baying

    Kim Kelly, state director of the animal protection group, stood outside the DNR office in Columbia Tuesday to present the group’s law enforcement appreciation award to DNR for its work in effectively shutting down bear baying in the state.

    Read more here:

  13. hendrika moss says:

    And we call the U.S. civilized maybe someone should check the meaning of the word civilized

  14. First of all “sport” is not the word tht should be used here. Secondly those dogs are just as much the victim as those poor bears as 90% of dogs used in bear baiting are also used in dog fighting. Neither of which in my opinion is a sport its murder plain and simple

  15. Despina M. Andrelus says:

    “A righteous man regards the life of animals” – PROVERBS 12:10; “If you have men who will exclude any of God’s creatures from the shelter of compassion & pity, you will have men who will deal likewise with their fellow men” – ST. FRANCIS OF ASSISI; “Never, never be afraid to do what’s right, especially if the well-being of a person or animal is at stake. Society’s punishments are small compared to the wounds we inflict on our soul when we look the other way.” – MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR.; “I hope to make people realize how totally helpless animals are, how dependent on us, trusting as a child must that we will be kind and take care of their needs…(They) are an obligation put on us, a responsibility we have no rights to neglect, nor to violate by cruelty….” – JAMES HARRIOT; “The greatness of a nation & its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated” – MAHATMA GANDHI

  16. Tie these EVIL SCUM to the ground and let them be torn to pieces by savage dogs. I would LOVE TO WATCH IT, I WOULD CHEER THE LOUDEST!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  17. Rubens Jean-Louis says:


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