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Re: [pepysdiary] Group wants to end setting dogs on chained bears

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  • SusannaG@aol.com
    Yes, it is still a very strange place! I live in South Carolina; the tape was on our local news yesterday evening. We ve always had a problem with
    Message 1 of 2 , Aug 24, 2010
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      Yes, it is still a very strange place!  I live in South Carolina; the tape was on our local news yesterday evening.

      We've always had a problem with cock-fighting, but I had no idea there was bear-baiting going on here.



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      From: terry foreman <terry.foreman@...>
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      Subject: [pepysdiary] Group wants to end setting dogs on chained bears

       
      Because I posted John Evelyn's account of horse-baiting and remarked on English blood-sports, when I found this story it was only fair to pass it along.

      The state of South Carolina, earlier the South Carolina Colony was originally part of the Province of Carolina, which was chartered in 1663 and.named after Charles I.  It's still a very strange place.

      Group wants to end setting dogs on chained bears

       
      COLUMBIA, S.C. – A declawed, defanged bear is chained to a stake as hunting dogs bark and snap, trying to force the bear to stand on its hind legs. The training exercise called bear baying is intended to make the bears easier to shoot in the wild and it's only allowed in South Carolina.
      Armed with new undercover video of four such events, the Humane Society of the United States is pressuring state officials to explicitly outlaw the practice, which the organization says is effectively banned in every other state. Animal rights advocates say it's cruel to the nearly defenseless bears and harms them psychologically.
      Hunters say the exercise popular in the state's hilly northwestern corner helps them train their dogs on what to do when they come across a bear during a hunt.
      But John Goodwin, the Humane Society's chief animal fighting expert, calls it "bear baiting" — a centuries-old bloodsport that is more for spectators' entertainment than instruction for dogs on what to do when they encounter wild bears.
       
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