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Petitioning State Representative Alan Clemmons and 21 others

South Carolina Legislature: Outlaw Bear Baiting/Baying: Pass H 3490

Bear baiting (aka “bear baying”) is legal ONLY in South Carolina.

*Please sign only if you are a resident of South Carolina, USA

Some hunters claim bear baiting is a field trial or competition – intended to train dogs to hunt bear in the wild. In reality, it is a cruel blood sport held merely for spectator enjoyment.

The bear’s natural defenses are removed, as his claws and teeth are filed down. The bear is then closely tethered in a small area where teams of hounds are released in quick succession for several hours. The terrified bear foams at the mouth and defecates uncontrollably as the dogs bark, jump and lunge at him. Both the dogs and bear will likely sustain painful injuries.

Afterward, the bear is led back to his home – a 9 x 9’ cage with a concrete floor.

Children are often brought to these events.

In 2008, the South Carolina Attorney General released an opinion stating that bear baiting/baying violates the state’s animal cruelty law.

I, along with the great majority of South Carolinians, am outraged by this barbaric and abusive practice, and appalled that our elected officials continue to condone it. I am ashamed that my home state faces widespread reproach and disgust from the rest of the world due to this issue.

I ask that you, as my Representative and Senator and/or member of the South Carolina House Judiciary Committee, pass H 3490 into law during the 2013-2014 state legislative session.

It is time to leave this archaic, sadistic form of “entertainment” in the past and finally outlaw bear baiting in our state.

Letter to
State Representative Alan Clemmons
State Representative Don Bowen
State Representative J. Seth Whipper
and 19 others
State Representative Ralph Kennedy
State Representative Thomas Pope
State Representative Rick Quinn
State Representative Anne Thayer
State Representative Elizabeth Munnerlyn
State Representative Peter McCoy
South Carolina State House
State Representative Bakari Sellers
State Representative Jenny Horne
State Representative Laurie Funderburk
State Representative Walton McLeod
State Representative F. Gregory Delleney
State Representative James Smith
State Representative Bruce Bannister
State Representative Daniel Hamilton
State Representative Wendy Nanney
State Representative Joseph McEachern
State Representative J. Derham Cole
South Carolina State Senate
Outlaw Bear Baiting/Baying: Pass H 3490
Bear baiting (aka “bear baying”) is legal ONLY in South Carolina.

Some hunters claim bear baiting is a field trial or competition – intended to train dogs to hunt bear in the wild. In reality, it is a cruel blood sport held merely for spectator enjoyment.

The bear’s natural defenses are removed, as his claws and teeth are filed down. The bear is then closely tethered in a small area where teams of hounds are released in quick succession for several hours. The terrified bear foams at the mouth and defecates uncontrollably as the dogs bark, jump and lunge at him. Both the dogs and bear will likely sustain painful injuries.

Afterward, the bear is led back to his home – a 9 x 9’ cage with a concrete floor.

Children are often brought to these events.

In 2008, the South Carolina Attorney General released an opinion stating that bear baiting/baying violates the state’s animal cruelty law.

I, along with the great majority of South Carolinians, am outraged by this barbaric and abusive practice, and appalled that our elected officials continue to allow it. I am ashamed that my home state continually faces reproach and disgust from the rest of the world due to this issue.

I ask that you, as my Representative and Senator and/or member of the South Carolina House Judiciary Committee, pass H 3490 into law during the 2013-2014 state legislative session.

It is time to leave this archaic, sadistic form of “entertainment” in the past and finally outlaw bear baiting in our state.