September 16, 2010 7:27 PM Subscribe
Bear baiting is possibly the world's most savage blood sport.
posted by Susurration (75 comments total)
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Bears are have their teeth and claws removed, are tethered to a post and set upon by dogs. It is illegal in every civilized country. Authorities turn a blind eye to bear baiting in two countries: Pakistan
and the USA
, where South Carolina Officials refuse to act
From the HSUS report:
"There are currently 26 captive black bears in South Carolina, many likely used for bear baiting. The South Carolina Department of Natural Resources issued permits for their possession, but has turned a blind eye to the cruelty they endure. The South Carolina DNR does not inspect bear baiting competitions.... The DNR issued captive bear permits to individuals who had been convicted of violating wildlife laws, including poaching a bear out of season. "
A bear can live to 40; South Carolina bear-baiters have been issued with a permit to keep the bear, which is subjected to repeated assaults until it dies. Without teeth or claws, the bear cannot defend itself and is tormented simply for entertainment. No other country in the world - except for Pakistan - allows bear baiting to occur without restraint.