The brutal but lucrative contests are organised by powerful local landlords. They own and train the dogs, which are also victims of this ‘sport’, encouraging ferocity in attack situations.
The bears are owned by Kalanders – traditional bear owners –who are paid by the landlords to bring the bears to fight.
Bear baiting is banned by the Pakistan Wildlife Act and contravenes Islamic teachings, which forbid the baiting of animals.
- Campaigning to bring awareness of international opposition to the ‘sport’ to the Pakistani authorities.
- Working with the Pakistani government and wildlife officials to halt the fights and look at alternative livelihoods for bear owners.
- Monitoring the numbers of captive bears and pushing for prosecution.
- Building the Kund Park sanctuary, providing a home for confiscated bears.
- Educating potential spectators through a mobile phone awareness unit and religious teachings. Our anti-bear baiting message has been delivered in over 9,000 mosques to a potential audience of over 1 million people.
- Calling for greater action to prevent illegal bear cub poaching. A Pakistan-wide educational programme has raised awareness of the issue.
Support our work
Thanks to your help, WSPA has tracked down and stopped many bear baiting events. We’re getting closer to ending this brutal blood sport altogether.
But there is still much more work to be done.
Imagine a bear, tethered to a post, set upon by up to four trained fighting dogs. Hundreds of people are watching.
The dogs, which are also at risk of injury, are groomed to be extremely aggressive. Their ferocity is a matter of pride for the owner, who reaps the financial rewards of the baiting, which is illegal in Pakistan.
The crowd knows that the tethered bear is suffering a further handicap. Its claws and teeth will have been removed – an agonising mutilation for which anaesthetic is rarely used.
The ‘contest’ lasts for three rounds. As the dogs are encouraged to attack, the bear will tire and weaken, until it is unable to remain upright.
This is when the bear’s face and neck become vulnerable to the dogs’ teeth. They hang from the bear’s mouth and lips as they try to drag it to the floor. If they succeed, the dogs ‘win’ the round; if the bear stays on its feet, it has ‘won’.
Bears sustain more injuries than dogs in these savage stand-offs, suffering ripped noses and mouths. The dogs’ jaws, clamped around the bear’s nose, are prized apart using sticks.
Most bears are permanently scarred, but the killing of either animal is avoided – they are too valuable. The bears live on to suffer further at the hands of their owners.
Help WSPA end bear baiting
Working with the Pakistani authorities and the Pakistan Biodiversity Research Centre (PBRC), WSPA is halting an increasing number of bear baiting events.
Your donation will fund our work to continue and help WSPA reach our ultimate goal – to stamp out bear baiting for good.
PLEASE HELP STOP BEAR BAITING IN PAKISTAN
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Published on 15 Jul 2012
Bear Baiting is a cruel bloodsport in which pairs of dogs are set upon a tethered bear. Although it has been declared illegal in Pakistan for quite some time now, it continues unpunished to this day. For more information on bear baiting, visit WSPA’s website http://www.wspa.org.uk
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I have some wonderful news to share with you – Sammy – the bear featured in a recent WSPA appeal – has now been rescued from the cruel blood sport of bear baiting.
Sammy (pictured before her rescue) is now safe from harm and recovering in the WSPA-funded sanctuary in Pakistan. Her life of fear and violence is over and a new life of peace, safety and wide open spaces is just beginning.
To mark this new beginning, Sammy has been given a beautiful new name: Yarrow, which means healing.
WSPA’s partner group BRC have rescued two more bears from the bear baiting industry and brought them to Balkasar to start a new life. The bears are now in quarantine and will be released into a large enclosure when their injuries have healed.
Shaad is a six year old female used in the bear baiting industry. She was rescued by partner group BRC in September 2012 after her owner gave her up as part of the alternative livelihood programme. Shaad meaning ‘happy’ is pictured before the handover. Her facial wounds were treated on arrival at the Balkasar sanctuary
Shaad arrives at Balkasar sanctuary, run by partner group BRC. Her nose ring and ropes are cut away by a member of staff which is one of the most important moments of her new life.
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The following is posted for & on behalf of fellow animal advocate Tony Zadel
BEAR BAITING A SHAME ON HUMANITY !
Also known as “bear baying” by some, is a very cruel & barbaric show for sick sadistic pervert persons..an event where participants release their pit bull dogs to attack a tethered, captive bear, who has had his claws and some of his teeth cut off, leaving him totally defenceless .The poor bear is so terrified, that he pee’s in fear when he hears the dogs barking and rushing at him…you can imagine why, because he can’t defend himself as usually with no teeth and no claw’s and beside that he is chained and can only move around 5″ ft!
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BACKGROUND : –
Bear baiting is a terribly cruel and inhumane blood sport that for the most part still persists in the Punjab and Sindh regions of northern Pakistan. Even though it has been illegal in Pakistan since 1890 — through the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act — routine bear baiting events are still being held in the name of public entertainment. It is especially prevalent in the rural tribal regions.
At a typical bear baiting event, a bear is tethered to a post in the middle of a stadium. The rope or chain is between 2-5 meters long. The bear’s claws have been blunted, his/her canine teeth removed and a nose ring inserted. At least two dogs are then let loose to attack the tethered bear. The dogs are removed when the bear submits; this is seen when the bear rolls on the ground to avoid further attack by the dogs. The bear is forced to do this up to as much as ten times per day.
The average life expectancy of a wild bear is 20 years. Bears used for bear baiting have significantly shortened lives to 5-7 years at best.
Of all the ways in which bears are mistreated around the world, the medieval sport of bear baiting must be the most barbaric and obscene.
The setting of pit bull terriers against bears inflicts appalling suffering on both animals. This activity, which was once widespread in Europe, is now only found is rural parts of Pakistan. Thankfully, after five years of campaigning, there are signs that bear baiting will be banished from this last strong hold.
Bear baiting has been illegal in Pakistan for more than 100 years, but WSPA’s first investigation, undertaken in 1993, found evidence of 80 different contests involving 300 bears.
Pakistan wildlife expert Inayat Chaudry, who undertook the survey, uncovered for the first time a network of hunters, wildlife dealers, gypsy bear owners and land owners which enabled bear baiting to thrive. And he revealed how the bears, whose teeth and claws were removed, were virtually defenceless against an onslaught from as many as eight dogs in one day.
Historically, bear baiting was popular in England during the reign of Queen Elizabeth I, who was so fond of the sport she overruled Parliament when they attempted to ban bear baiting on Sundays. The practice was introduced to south Asian cultures by British colonizers in the mid-nineteenth century.
While the sport is illegal in Pakistan, it persists to this day. Land owners, called landlords in Pakistan, arrange bear baiting at village fairs.
Bear cubs are taken from the wild and held in captivity in small cages. Without adequate care and sustenance, the bears live lives of misery. Of course, the fight is manipulated in favour of the dogs because the bears are tied to a post and have their sharpest (canine) teeth removed and claws filed down to prevent the bear from adequately defending him/her self against the dogs.
“The physical and mental trauma these bears have endured means they will never be able to experience life in the wild. We need to provide them with the space, care, treatment and nourishment that they will need for the rest of their lives,” said Jan Schmidt-Burbach, WSPA’s Wildlife Veterinary Programmes Manager.
Posted for & on behalf of fellow animal advocate Tony Zadel