In rural Pakistan, up to 2,000 spectators will assemble to watch a tethered and clawless bear set upon by trained fighting dogs. WSPA is working hard to permanently stop what we believe is one of the world’s most savage blood sports. 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. 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 to 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 seven times per day. Please help to show The President of Pakistan and his government that continuing to allow this practice does not portray his country in a good light to the rest of the world and ask him to put a stop to it immediately.
Your Excellency Mr Asif Ali Zardari,
We the undersigned call on the Government of Pakistan to put a stop to the cruel practice of Bear Baiting that for the most part still persists in the Punjab and Sindh regions of northern Pakistan. Bear baiting is banned by the Pakistan Wildlife Act and contravenes Islamic teachings, which forbid the baiting of animals. We ask that you please not only make the punishments stronger for bear baiting in Pakistan but also ensure they are enforced, to serve as a deterrent and encourage organizations like WSPA to continue public and religious awareness and education to Pakistani citizens.
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