Animal Cruelty on Display at the Bear Baiting Events in Pakistan
Bear Baiting is a type of exhibition where a captive bear is attacked by a bunch of hunting dogs for the sake of public’s entertainment. These events occur chiefly in Punjab and Sindh provinces of Pakistan.
At these events, a captive bear is brought and is shackled to a nearby fence or pole in order to restrict his movement. At the time of the fight, a bunch of trained wild dogs are let loose on the defenseless bear. Each fight takes place for around 3 minutes. In those three minutes, the dogs, contest to thrust the bear to the ground. If the dogs are unable to do so and if the bear is still able to stand on his feet, then he is declared as the winner of the fight. Many a times in these competitions the young and the inexperienced bears end up getting several deep bruises and scars.
In Pakistan, Asiatic Black bears and Brown bears are used in the baiting exhibition. These Bears are captured by the herders, who sell them to the Qalandar community in Pakistan. The Qalandar folks do the nurturing and training of the bear. These people are paid by the local landlords for presenting their bear in the fight. At a young age the claws and the front sharp teeth of the bear are removed. This often leaves them with a disadvantage in the fight.