Some people actually think this is fun: tie a bear to a stake so she can barely move, then let loose a bunch of dogs who want to tear her limb from limb. As dogs get tired or injured, fresh dogs are brought in. Sometimes the bear’s canine teeth are pulled out and claws are filed down or removed so that she has no way to fight her attackers.
Warning: the following video includes images of bears being attacked by dogs in bear baiting contests.
Video courtesy of World Society for the Protection of Animals
Bears who survive a three-minute bout can look forward to several more attacks that day, in front of as many as 2,000 spectators. The attacks will resume another day. Owners try not to let their animals die in this blood sport because they want to use them again in future match-ups.
You don’t want to be a bear in Pakistan, especially one of the 70 forced into these maulings. You don’t want to be a dog there either.
Pakistan outlawed bear baiting way the hell back in 1890, but it reemerged around 2004 as a popular activity for local warlords. Authorities and animal welfare groups are trying to enforce the legal ban and to educate the public about the evils of bear baiting. The World Society for the Protection of Animals has built a sanctuary in Pakistan for rescued bears called Balkasar Bear Sanctuary:
The warlords who organize this torture are violating not only the 1890 prohibition, but also laws in several Pakistani provinces protecting Asiatic black bears (also known as Himalayan black bears) and banning the capture of wild cubs because they are listed on the World Conservation Union’s Red List of Threatened Animals as “vulnerable.” (Asiatic black bears are the same ones who are farmed for their bile.) Brown bears with the same Vulnerable listing are also used for baiting. They are usually captured from the wild.
The World Society for the Protection of Animals is taking action to end bear baiting in Pakistan. If you’d like to help you can visit its website.
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