Target: Pakistan President Asif Zardari
Goal: Stop the brutal “sport” of bear baiting.
In areas of the Pakistan countryside, upwards of 2,000 onlookers assemble in order to catch a glimpse of the cruel spectator sport that is bear baiting. During the event, bears that have had their teeth and claws removed are tethered to a post in the middle of a crowd where anywhere between two to six dogs are released at a time to see if they can get a grip on the bear’s head and bring the animal down. The dog that is successful is declared the winner; if a bear happens to remain standing (which is extremely rare) the bear wins.
The horrific sport of bear baiting is believed to have originated at least 200 hundred years ago and uses exclusively Asiatic black bears, a species found in the wilds of Pakistan—a recent count by the World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA) has estimated that a total number of 300 black bears are what remain of the species in the country. Bears are typically picked up as cubs after their parents are killed by poachers. While travelling, the gypsies are either paid for putting on the contests or are paid by landowners who wish to do so. In order to completely eradicate this problem and see to it that no more bears (or dogs, for that matter) are harmed in this way, the Pakistani government needs to lend its full support to the solution.
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