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Outlaw Bear Baiting in South Carolina ! PLEASE SIGN ! !

Animals  (tags: animals, AnimalWelfare, cruelty, environment, protection, suffering )

- 1129 days ago -
Bears have their teeth and claws removed, are tethered to a post and are subjected to repeated assaults by dogs until it dies. Without teeth or claws, the bear cannot defend itself and is tormented simply for entertainment.

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Carol H. (229)
Friday June 21, 2013, 12:47 pm
signed and noted. only#12

Pat B. (357)
Friday June 21, 2013, 12:50 pm

Mary T. (354)
Friday June 21, 2013, 12:52 pm
Signed & noted, sad that people enjoy watching animals destroying each other - thank you Cher

Divergent revolution (315)
Friday June 21, 2013, 1:06 pm
Signed, ty

Mike S. (86)
Friday June 21, 2013, 1:06 pm
Signed, shared and noted. Thank you Cher.

Lisa Neste (772)
Friday June 21, 2013, 1:37 pm

Lisa, You signed on June 21, 2013.
Your signature has been delivered to:
United States Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior

. (0)
Friday June 21, 2013, 1:48 pm
For my comments, I don't know if I'll hear from China first, or SC...I hope I do.

Past Member (0)
Friday June 21, 2013, 1:54 pm
NS&S. Barbara, You signed on June 21, Didn't we just sign a petition about this in, I think Russia?
This is happening here! In the freaking USA!

Past Member (0)
Friday June 21, 2013, 2:02 pm
I was so shocked to read this that its happening in the USA I thought only the Pakistanis the Chinese asian and russians were so cruel What sort of message does the USA supposedly a modern nation send to the world about animal welfare when it does this It is not a good advert for them It must be banned

signed & Noted

Ruth C. (149)
Friday June 21, 2013, 2:16 pm

I agree Carol D.

Elizabeth O. (96)
Friday June 21, 2013, 2:36 pm

Bartlomiej T. (296)
Friday June 21, 2013, 2:47 pm
Signed & noted. Thank you, Cher.

Sonia Minwer Barakat Reque (63)
Friday June 21, 2013, 2:47 pm

Kay M. (347)
Friday June 21, 2013, 3:14 pm

Annamaria Rizzo (119)
Friday June 21, 2013, 3:22 pm

Natalie V. (27)
Friday June 21, 2013, 3:30 pm
noted / signed

Theodore Shayne (56)
Friday June 21, 2013, 3:35 pm

J Harris (40)
Friday June 21, 2013, 3:56 pm
Signed and noted

Winn Adams (202)
Friday June 21, 2013, 4:51 pm
Signed and shared!

paolo gualandri (5)
Friday June 21, 2013, 5:05 pm

Shana M. (56)
Friday June 21, 2013, 5:47 pm
Signed and noted

. (0)
Friday June 21, 2013, 5:59 pm
done. What a sick society we live in and animals pay the price for it

naomi cohen (45)
Friday June 21, 2013, 7:12 pm
signed. thank you, cher.

Autumn Away S. (151)
Friday June 21, 2013, 7:22 pm
signed and noted, TY Cher ~ OMG, this is just too awful, it has to stop , the poor bears :(

Sherri E. (128)
Friday June 21, 2013, 7:51 pm
Signed and Noted TY Cher

paula eaton (30)
Friday June 21, 2013, 7:59 pm
Signed. Anybody who goes to this is depraved and cruel.

Mike H. (251)
Friday June 21, 2013, 8:25 pm
Signed and noted

Erin R. (180)
Friday June 21, 2013, 8:46 pm
n & s

Animae C. (508)
Friday June 21, 2013, 9:03 pm
AniMaeChi ..
Jun 22
# 114

Christine Stewart (133)
Friday June 21, 2013, 9:28 pm
I'll always sign these petitions- but the photo is of the bear baiting in Pakistan. Bear baiting in the US is still horrible- but the dogs nip at the bear and goad it until it stands upright, in training for bear hunts. It is not as violent as the Pakistan bear baiting events- but it is still cruel to the bears.

Nyack Clancy (534)
Friday June 21, 2013, 10:14 pm
The photo may be of some other country Christine- but according to the Humane Society... its a little more than "goading till the bear stands upright".

A black bear cowers in the corner of a pen in rural South Carolina. She is tethered to a stake, surrounded by hundreds of onlookers.

She is foaming at the mouth and popping her jaws, behavior that means she is terrified. Her captors have cut or removed her claws and many of her teeth, leaving her defenseless.

Three hounds run at the bear from one end of the arena, barking furiously. Some of them bite her 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.

This spectacle is a bear baiting competition, called a "bear bay" by participants, and is practiced only in South Carolina. It is similar to the archaic blood sport of bear baiting.
For Show

HSUS investigators videotaped this scene during visits to four bear baiting events in the state hosted by breed clubs associated with American Kennel Club and United Kennel Club. According to attendees, the bear used in some of these events was a 15-year-old female taken from the wild as a cub.

Most people have never seen these underground events, because organizers try to keep the practice away from the public eye. They know that if most people saw the terrified, tethered bear cornered by dogs for hours on end, they would demand an end to this abuse.

The supposed objective of South Carolina bear baiting contests is for the dogs to corner the bear, make eye contact, and keep her "at bay." These events are billed as training events for hunting dogs, but for some, bear baiting is a spectator event for those who enjoy watching dogs attack a bear.

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.

Not only do bears endure abuse in these public events, but many are subjected to the same treatment in frequent backyard events.
For Shame

By nature, black bears are shy animals who flee to the safety of a tree when threatened. Bears usually attack as only a last resort, but when clawless and toothless they don't have even this option.

Two respected bear biologists viewed The HSUS's footage and remarked on the bear's stress and fear. One biologist stated that the bear's actions stem from "extreme agitation, out of unhappiness and fear," and the other, that her actions reveal "defensive terror."

natasha on holidays (710)
Friday June 21, 2013, 10:33 pm
Just a shame..S+S-thx

Michelle S. (462)
Friday June 21, 2013, 10:36 pm
The photo above is not of bear baiting in the U.S.

The photo above is a bear baiting event in Pakistan.

Thank you Christine for calling attention to the error.

Thank you Nayack for the information. Reading it tore what is left of my
broken heart out.

Signed to bring an end to this madness. Not noted.

Eternal Gardener (746)
Friday June 21, 2013, 11:21 pm

Genoveva M M. (343)
Saturday June 22, 2013, 12:16 am
Signed and noted. Thanks Cher

Saturday June 22, 2013, 12:29 am
S & N. Thanks Cher

Constance F. (422)
Saturday June 22, 2013, 1:08 am
comment left at DOI webpage, white house page and signed petiton. and shared. Filthy disgusting !
Thank you for submitting your feedback.

jeanne schreurs (205)
Saturday June 22, 2013, 2:27 am
The world is crazy. But I will fight for the voiceless till the end.

Ilona V. (0)
Saturday June 22, 2013, 4:07 am
Thanks. # 218 Signed & noted.

Kerrie G. (118)
Saturday June 22, 2013, 4:26 am
Signed and noted, thanks.

Past Member (0)
Saturday June 22, 2013, 4:38 am
Signed and noted.

Unnikrishnan Sasidharan (44)
Saturday June 22, 2013, 5:02 am

Past Member (0)
Saturday June 22, 2013, 5:03 am
signatures: 231

PlsNoMessage se (614)
Saturday June 22, 2013, 5:45 am
Alredy signed but noted

Ruth L. (308)
Saturday June 22, 2013, 5:54 am
Signed/noted. Thanks Cher

Karen G. (101)
Saturday June 22, 2013, 5:59 am

Fi T. (20)
Saturday June 22, 2013, 6:51 am

Past Member (0)
Saturday June 22, 2013, 6:55 am
Signed and noted 22/6,thank you

Ljiljana Milic (110)
Saturday June 22, 2013, 7:21 am
Signed # 276 (goal 5.000 !) with outrage and sadness & Noted & Thanks for posting Cher.

Joe R. (190)
Saturday June 22, 2013, 7:24 am
Thanks Cher. Signed and noted.

Daniel Partlow (179)
Saturday June 22, 2013, 7:26 am
S&N I can't believe it is not illegal here in the USA. Makes me sad to be American!

Ingrid A. (524)
Saturday June 22, 2013, 8:13 am

Ellen G. (337)
Saturday June 22, 2013, 8:16 am

. (0)
Saturday June 22, 2013, 8:23 am
Signed and Noted.

Lin G. (0)
Saturday June 22, 2013, 8:45 am

Annalisa Parrini (16)
Saturday June 22, 2013, 8:47 am
Singned and sharing

Lisa Zarafonetis (168)
Saturday June 22, 2013, 8:56 am
Signed & Shared on FB.

Alice Mullen (22)
Saturday June 22, 2013, 8:57 am

Alan Haas (217)
Saturday June 22, 2013, 9:05 am
What kind of sick people watch this stuff? Maybe they should sick the dogs on them.

Malgorzata Zmuda (193)
Saturday June 22, 2013, 10:08 am
petycja podpisana

Veerle D. (151)
Saturday June 22, 2013, 10:41 am

Gabriella Serafino (97)
Saturday June 22, 2013, 10:43 am
BASTARDS and troglodytes.

aj E. (164)
Saturday June 22, 2013, 10:51 am

Anna Undebeck (256)
Saturday June 22, 2013, 11:01 am
How can this heartbreaking, disturbing & sick "act" still happen :'( how the heck can it be so many disturbed people out there-who actually enjoy this, and see it as entertainment!!! This is just TOO sick and cruel, etc etc.
- How can it even be legal, I just cant understand it! Im even "stumbling while writing", I am swearing out loud and crying at the same time. This REALLY gets to me :'(

Thank you Cher!!!! Signed a couple of" these petition" before, and signed this one aswell OF COURSE!!!! It has to STOP right away!!!

M.(Moo) Prince (16)
Saturday June 22, 2013, 11:14 am
Signed & Noted!!! This is cruel & very uncalled for & must end now!!! Should never have been.

Van voorst coll C. (330)
Saturday June 22, 2013, 11:38 am
Signed and gonna share it with friends, because this is horror!

Valerie H. (133)
Saturday June 22, 2013, 11:46 am
Thank you, signed

Emma S. (238)
Saturday June 22, 2013, 11:48 am
Done! Thanks, Cher.

Julie E. (421)
Saturday June 22, 2013, 12:04 pm
Noted, signed and shared. This is worse than dog fighting! The bear has no chance! Anyone involved whether owning any of the animals or onlookers, need to get arrested, fined and never be allowed to hunt for anything, ever! If this is not against the law, it needs to be immediately! These people are not human! INSANE!

Past Member (0)
Saturday June 22, 2013, 12:46 pm
Signed and noted.

Gabriele R. (26)
Saturday June 22, 2013, 12:53 pm
Left comment when signed,this is outrageous.

Esther Z. (96)
Saturday June 22, 2013, 12:54 pm
Noted and signed. It's just plain sickening to think anyone would enjoy seeing an animal being attacked or tortured by another animal. S .Carolina needs to be put on notice this kind of animal cruelty won't be tolerated here in the U.S.

S J. (133)
Saturday June 22, 2013, 1:48 pm
Done, thanks Cher.

Kerstin Strobl (442)
Saturday June 22, 2013, 2:18 pm
Signed, thank you Cher

Vita P. (40)
Saturday June 22, 2013, 2:31 pm
SO sickening!!!...and all people involved in this must be totally brainless!!!
Thank you.

Bryna Pizzo (139)
Saturday June 22, 2013, 3:10 pm
Thank you! (s, n, p, t)

Bryna Pizzo (139)
Saturday June 22, 2013, 3:12 pm
I am ill because I just saw the picture! I try to avoid looking, but I saw this one. I wish the bear would get the humans who do this to them! GRRRRRR :{

Silvia Steinhilber (38)
Saturday June 22, 2013, 3:30 pm
Signed! These people are disgusting beyond words

Past Member (0)
Saturday June 22, 2013, 3:54 pm
Alan Haas: I think these people have a mental sickness that is, at the very least, a psychosis in origin. I don't know why they have it and don't care. The fact is, anyone who enjoys this is SICK BEYOND REDEMPTION.
Makes me want to puke, and I cannot put here what else I feel like.

I also agree with everyone elses' comments.


Fran F. (120)
Saturday June 22, 2013, 11:38 pm
Fran, You signed on June 22, 2013.
Your signature has been delivered to:
United States Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior.
Poor bears!

Past Member (0)
Sunday June 23, 2013, 4:07 am
Signed and noted. Thanks for sharing.

Veselin Varbanov (23)
Sunday June 23, 2013, 5:01 am
Barbaric and inhumane ..Signed and noted !

Donna Hamilton (159)
Sunday June 23, 2013, 5:57 am
N&S. Thanks, Cher.

Christina SiteProblems (47)
Sunday June 23, 2013, 6:12 am
Absolutely horrifying. Signed and noted. Thank you for bringing this to our attention.

Aaron Bouchard (158)
Sunday June 23, 2013, 8:14 am
Signed and noted thanks

Valerie Disle (66)
Sunday June 23, 2013, 11:55 am
signed and shared on facebook

Ann P. (17)
Sunday June 23, 2013, 12:02 pm
Gladly noted & signed. Peace ☮ L♥ve.

Wim Zunnebeld (144)
Sunday June 23, 2013, 1:21 pm

Arlene Morrison (1)
Sunday June 23, 2013, 3:59 pm
This is barbaric medieval entertainment which should be consigned to history!This is a stain on whichever country practices it!

Jason Falke (0)
Sunday June 23, 2013, 8:13 pm
This is just to much. How can anyone enjoy this.

Leslene Dunn (84)
Monday June 24, 2013, 12:58 am
Noted and signed - this is how deranged, wicked, cruel and evil mankind is - if only the situations were reversed and it was the humans being ravaged! We are a flipping disease and those that do these atrocious things are beyond educating - they should just be executed.

Past Member (0)
Monday June 24, 2013, 5:27 am

Olivia, You signed on June 22, 2013.
Your signature has been delivered to:
United States Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior

Anne S. (14)
Monday June 24, 2013, 7:26 am

Sara P. (67)
Monday June 24, 2013, 9:03 am
Done, thanks Cher.

Henrik Thorsen (31)
Monday June 24, 2013, 10:43 am

Past Member (0)
Tuesday June 25, 2013, 6:47 am
Armand, You signed on June 25, 2013.
Your signature has been delivered to:
United States Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior

. (0)
Tuesday June 25, 2013, 8:44 am
#750 Signed and noted - thank you dear Cher

Mandy H. (32)
Wednesday June 26, 2013, 11:22 am
Noted and signed!

alicia m. (97)
Tuesday October 29, 2013, 4:37 am
noted, signed, gracias
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