Outlaw Bear Baiting in South Carolina

Target: South Carolina Governor, Nikki Haley

Goal: Outlaw bear baiting in South Carolina and find sanctuaries for the permitted bears.

Bear baiting is the inhumane “sport” that pits dogs against defenseless bears for the purpose of training and spectator amusement. This practice, which is only legal in South Carolina and Pakistan, is inhumane and cruel and must be outlawed. Please sign this petition and stop this state-sanctioned wildlife abuse.

In order to keep the bears from hurting the dogs, they are de-clawed, de-toothed, and chained. Often seen as a spectator sport, audiences assemble to watch any number of dogs continually attack the defenseless bear. 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 It is absolutely necessary that these permits be rescinded and South Carolina join the rest of the nation in outlawing this cruel and disgusting “sport”.

Please sign this petition and force Governor Haley to outlaw bear baiting and find sanctuary for the remaining permitted bears.


Dear Governor Haley,

Bear baiting is an inhumane, cruel, and disgusting display of wildlife abuse that is only legal in your state of South Carolina and Pakistan. Pitting bears that have been stripped of all defense techniques against dogs for spectator “sport” or training purposes must be stopped. It is important that you act on this issue now in order to spare some of the 26 bears permitted for ownership with the intent of bear baiting.

The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) has attended some of these events to gather evidence of the obvious emotional and physical distress felt by the bears. One account paints a picture of the cruelty, “Three hounds run at the bear from one end of the arena, barking furiously. Some of them bit her [the bear] face and legs. Others jump on her. She backs up on her hind legs, trying vainly to shield her face.The assault continues for four hours, as nearly 300 dogs attack her in quick succession.” Bears used for bear baiting are de-clawed, de-toothed, and tethered so as not to hurt the dogs.

Bear baiting is an archaic display of animal cruelty that forces one to question the mindset of the spectators, supporters, and host state that would condone such brutality. Please outlaw bear baiting and join the rest of the nation in saying “no” to wildlife abuse. Please rescind bear ownership permits and find sanctuary for the now traumatized and defenseless bears.


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  1. clare dundas says:

    Unbelievable that such barbarism occurs and is allowed in usa! SHOCKING!

  2. diane thompson says:

    Ban this cruel sport. It’s illegal in all other states. Not fair for the bear.it’s as bad as dog fighting. You all should be punished!!!

  3. Susan Barbiaux says:

    Citizens of the United States of America need to speak up for the animals that are being abused and neglected. We have bears being tortured by dogs, dogs fighting dogs, cock fighting, cutting beaks off chickens, puppy mills, and the list can go on and on. Contact your governors!

  4. Александра says:

    those sick people must die

  5. Parakram Baruah says:

    I thought afganisthan & middle east & Asians were considered barbarians..but den USA do practice barbarism.They should burn their bibles

  6. Governor Haley,
    South Carolina is the only us state that allows bear baiting and the bears are declawed and toothless. The only other place is in Pakistan. This is cruel and barbaric. Please stop this immediately. I, for one will not be visiting South Carolina until this practice is stopped.

  7. Sasja de Leur says:

    Meirde putains.

  8. I hope everyone of you you drop dead they’re at living soul stop abusing animals from a animal lover Elaina ;(God bless those poor innocent animals

  9. susan chadwick says:

    Unbelievable, shocking what is wrong with the world, the sad fuckers.

  10. Catherine Tsang says:

    Strong request Ban tis Cruelty Animals abuse , this isn’t a sport or entertainment . This just KILLING !!!!!
    Shame on Civilized !!!!

  11. Who can do this to these poor animals???? What is WRONG with the state of SOUTH CAROLINA to allow this???? This needs to end and the people who do this needs to be jailed or maybe have this done to them to see how painful it could be.

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