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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.

This petition was delivered to:
  • State Representative
    Alan Clemmons
  • State Representative
    Don Bowen
  • State Representative
    J. Seth Whipper
  • 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


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