• Petitioned South Carolina State Senate

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South Carolina State Senate
South Carolina State House
South Carolina-090
State Rep. Bakari Sellers
South Carolina-043
State Rep. F. Gregory Delleney
South Carolina-072
State Rep. James Smith
South Carolina-024
State Rep. Bruce Bannister
South Carolina-020
State Rep. Daniel Hamilton
South Carolina-022
State Rep. Wendy Nanney
South Carolina-077
State Rep. Joseph McEachern
South Carolina-032
State Rep. J. Derham Cole
South Carolina-094
State Rep. Jenny Horne
South Carolina-040
State Rep. Walton McLeod
South Carolina-008
State Rep. Don Bowen
South Carolina-113
State Rep. J. Seth Whipper
South Carolina-039
State Rep. Ralph Kennedy
South Carolina-047
State Rep. Thomas Pope
South Carolina-069
State Rep. Rick Quinn
South Carolina-009
State Rep. Anne Thayer
South Carolina-054
State Rep. Elizabeth Munnerlyn
South Carolina-115
State Rep. Peter McCoy
South Carolina-052
State Rep. Laurie Funderburk
South Carolina-107
State Rep. Alan Clemmons

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

    1. Rosemary Thompson
    2. Petition by

      Rosemary Thompson

      Columbia, SC

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.

Recent signatures


    1. Reached 100 signatures
    2. Undercover footage taken in Upstate SC in 2010:

      Rosemary Thompson
      Petition Organizer
      Bear Baiting - South Carolina's Shame

      Bear baiting, also known as "bear baying" by some, is a cruel spectator event where participants release their dogs to attack a tethered, captive bear, who has had her claws and some of her teeth cut off, leaving her defenseless.

    3. Reached 5 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Phaedra Dresch CRAWFORDVILLE, GA
      • 3 months ago


    • Teresa Soroka PRINCE GEORGE, CANADA
      • 5 months ago

      Wow...this sport belongs to real men! NOT...Sickening!! You should be ashamed!

    • Janet Fincannon CHARLESTON, SC
      • 6 months ago

      Bear Baiting is extremely cruel. It is a horrible injustice to the bears. Please get SC out of the dark ages and stop this practice.

    • Dona Etchison CARSON CITY, NV
      • 7 months ago

      Please leave these poor animals alone. How cruel to bait and them kill them! What kind of people do this?

    • Patti Devine FOX ISLAND, WA
      • 9 months ago

      Barbarism needs to end.


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