Bear Baying Is Back
In his inconceivable wisdometh, the Good Lord hath giveth mankind dominion over the animals … which in hindsight might not hath beeneth the besteth idea.
We’re referring in this particular case to the cruelly inhumane practice of “bear baying“ - in which captive bears are attacked by dogs for sport or “training.” South Carolina remains the only state in the nation in which bear baying is legal, although the S.C. Department of Natural Resources (SCDNR) has been cracking down on the practice anyway by refusing to issue captive bear permits.
This week an Upstate man was arrested and forced to turn over three bears after he was caught engaging in the practice, according to The South Carolina Sportsman.
“James Robert Grumbles of Travelers Rest was charged with ill treatment of animals,” the website notes. “Officers said he allowed captive bears to be used to train bear dogs, allowing them to repeatedly attack and bite the bears.”
The bears will be sent to a wildlife preservation area in Colorado.
Obviously we support the rights of hunters and fishermen in South Carolina – and have led the charge against SCDNR for its efforts to exploit them. However we do believe the enforcement of animal cruelty laws is a core function of government – and those who slaughter or abuse animals for sport should be held accountable for their actions.