Target: Mamnoon Hussain, President of Pakistan
Goal: Encourage bear “owners” to abandon cruel bear torture practices and release their animals to caring sanctuaries
In Pakistan, the Punjab Department of Wildlife and Parks has denied that bear baiting takes place despite numerous undercover investigations. Bear baiting is a savage blood sport where dogs are released to attack a tethered bear for entertainment. Bear “owners,” who host the blood sport events on their property make money off admissions and betting, at the bear’s expense.
Pakistan is one of the very few nations where bear baiting is still known to exist. Not only are the bears suffering inhumane treatment, but the fighting dogs are being abused as well. Fortunately, animal rights activists groups, like the World Society for the Protection of Animals, have been rescuing baited bears by convincing their owners to release them to a wildlife sanctuary. In September 2013, three more bears were saved in Pakistan. Each of the owners were given support to run general stores in their neighborhoods in exchange for releasing the a bear and signing an agreement that committed them to a cruelty-free future life. Education work by religious leaders that focuses on the Islamic teachings have also been successful.
Sign the below petition to urge the President of Pakistan to take a stand against the cruel and useless sport of bear baiting. This so-called sport must be made illegal and punishable by law. By signing, you will also show your support for animal rights groups working to save baited bears and safe havens, like the Kund Park Sanctuary.
Dear President Hussain,
Bear baiting is not a sport; it is a ruthless, inhumane, and disgusting display of cruelty. Bears, who pose no risk to society and that have done nothing wrong, are being punished for the sake of human entertainment. You must outlaw and speak out against bear baiting in Pakistan to preserve the lives of innocent creatures. Numerous undercover investigations have taken place in lands under your control, and yet the Punjab Department of Wildlife and Parks has denied any illegal activity.
I am urging you to work with animal rights groups, like the World Society for the Protection of Animals, and wildlife sanctuaries, like the Kund Park Sanctuary to find a safe place for baited bears to live. Once all of the baited bears are safe, you will need to ensure that this atrocity never happens again. The bears and the dogs of Pakistan need your protection.
[Your Name Here]
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