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 It is absolutely necessary that these permits be rescinded and South Carolina join the rest of the nation in outlawing this cruel and disgusting “sport”.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.
[Your Name Here]
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