After Horses fighting to death for Muslim entertainment in the Philippines. Now Bear Bating in Pakistan. The rules are simple: a pair of trained fighting dogs are unleashed on a tethered bear whose claws and sharpest teeth have been removed

A bear attempts to fend off attacks from specially trained dogs at a bear baiting event.
Although the bear baiting was banned in Pakistan in 1980 by the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, it continues to prevail in deeply rural tribal regions. Landlords are extremely powerful figures in certain areas of rural Pakistan. They are the main actors behind these fights, which they organise for several reasons. Firstly, the events are intended to draw large crowds – and therefore more money – to village fairs in the landlord’s territory. But mainly, the landlords want to prove they are above the law: defying the government ban against bear baiting is a way of flexing their political muscles.

Dog owners pull the dogs off the bear after several minutes of fighting. Although the bears are often injured, they are too valuable to their gypsie owners – who use them over multiple fights – to be killed.
Animal protection groups like the World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA) have worked with Pakistani authorities to try to eradicate the practice. According to the WSPA, education campaigns and crackdowns on bear-baiting events have helped stop 80% of planned bear baiting events since 2001, and led to the successful rescue of 40 bears. Nevertheless, the group estimates there are some 70 bears still being made to fight in Pakistan.

The Kund Bear Sanctuary was set up in 2000 near the northern Pakistani city of Peshawar to provide a safe haven for baited bears that were confiscated from their owners.

A toothless bear injured after a fight wih dogs.

3 Responses to “After Horses fighting to death for Muslim entertainment in the Philippines. Now Bear Bating in Pakistan. The rules are simple: a pair of trained fighting dogs are unleashed on a tethered bear whose claws and sharpest teeth have been removed”

  1. What goes around, comes around. Pakistan will one day pay for these infamies. Animals are sacred.

    ‘The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.’
    Mahatma Gandi.

  2. It really pains me to see and hear of such eviliness in the world. Those poor bears never asked to be placed in such a violent eviroment. I cant believe how selfish and cruel people can be to bears and in that matter animals in general. I think people that do such things like that should have it done right back to them and see how they like it. If you can’t do it why should an animal do it. maybe the abuser should have rope implanted into their noses and tie the other end to a tree and handcuff their hands behind their backs and let them feel the pain the bears feel their whole lives. Treat people the same way they treat animals, then the abuse will stop.

    Terry C.

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