Wednesday, 11 December 2013

Bringing an End to Bear Baying (Op-Ed)

Wayne Pacelle, President and CEO, Humane Society of the United States | December 06, 2013 09:24pm ET

Wayne Pacelle is the president and chief executive officer of The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS). This Op-Ed is adapted from a post on the blogA Humane Nation, where the content ran before appearing in LiveScience's Expert Voices: Op-Ed & Insights.

Last month, the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources (DNR) put an end to the archaic and barbaric practice of bear "baying," three years after The HSUS released the results of anundercover investigation that showed dogs attacking a tethered, often declawed and defanged bear, with hundreds of people watching the spectacle just as they'd watch a dogfight or cockfight. Dozens of newsoutlets covered our original investigation, and there was a collective gasp that such a thing was both permitted and conducted.

Recently South Carolina's DNR announced that the six bears used in bear baying competitions had been relinquished to the agency and were safely transported to the Wild Animal Sanctuary in Keenesburg, Colo., where they will spend the remainder of their lives in peace.

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