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The killing of animals for food or sport is a highly debatable topic, but there are some inhumane hunting practices that should never be up for debate, because the ethical concerns they raise far outweigh the potential benefits. Bear baiting is one of those hunting practices.

Bear baiting is a way for hunters to lure unsuspecting bears into a predesignated area where they will be hunted. Weeks before the season begins, hunters leave high-calorie foods out to pique the bears' interest and keep them coming back to the same location day after day [1]. When the hunting season begins, hunters hide near their bait spots and simply wait for the bears to stop by, where they become easy targets.

Tricking the bears into staying in one area so they can be easily killed is unfair and unsportsmanlike. It makes bears act like sitting ducks rather than forcing hunters to pursue them in a fair chase. It also draws bears nearer to populated areas, increasing the number of unwanted human-bear encounters. Similarly, since many bears flock to bait traps to eat, there are more bears in those areas, which creates opportunities for intra-species conflict, especially conflicts involving young cubs being attacked by older animals [2].

On top of all that, the "food" hunters provide is not healthy for the bears. According to the HSUS, bear bait often consists of "donuts, candy, grease, rotting garbage, corn, fish, meat and other high-calorie foods." Many bear baits contain theobromine, which is toxic to bears and other animals that might be tempted by the trap. And since many animals feed at the same spot, diseases like rabies can be more easily transmitted [2].

Bear baiting, therefore, should be banned as an unethical and inhumane hunting practice, both for the benefit of the bears and the benefit of human beings.

Hunting regulations are handled on a state-by-state basis, making it difficult to tackle this entire issue in one fell swoop. If, however, we can stop bear baiting in the states with the most tolerant bear-baiting policies and the best ratings for bear-hunting trophy potential, like Wisconsin and Utah [3], we can set a precedent for the rest of the nation and hopefully stop bear baiting in all fifty states.

Sign the petition to tell the Department of Natural Resources of Wisconsin, one of the most bear-hunted states in the country, to make this inhumane practice illegal.

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To the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources,

In the spirit of preserving and improving the natural resources of the fair state of Wisconsin and keeping the humans and animals who live there safe from unnecessary harm, we beg you to stop allowing resident and non-resident bear hunters to bait bears.

Bear baiting is a cheater's hunting practice. It poisons bears and promotes the spread of disease. It draws bears in and makes them easy targets, while increasing intra- and inter-species conflicts, many of which affect humans.

We will not stand for this inhumane, unsafe, and unsportsmanlike hunting practice to continue. We demand that you illegalize the practice of bear baiting to give bears a fighting chance at survival and avoid putting humans and animals in unnecessary danger.

Sincerely,

Petition Signatures


Apr 15, 2018 Audrey Glenski
Apr 15, 2018 Martha Vest
Apr 14, 2018 Kathy Magne
Apr 14, 2018 Suzanne Levi
Apr 14, 2018 Lori Nightingale
Apr 14, 2018 Whitney Hendrix
Apr 14, 2018 Erin Kennedy Outlaw this Barbaric Practice Now!
Apr 14, 2018 Marcia Leaser
Apr 14, 2018 Patti Wright
Apr 14, 2018 Jean McDermott
Apr 11, 2018 Lisa vasta
Apr 10, 2018 Barbara Tomlinson
Apr 10, 2018 Barbara Jacobs
Apr 10, 2018 Linda Cummings There is NO good reason for this and anyone who would want to do this is a medieval moron. These bears need to protected from the assholes that walk among us.
Apr 8, 2018 Brigitte Hecht
Apr 8, 2018 Dorothy Henry
Apr 7, 2018 Valerie Kerry
Apr 7, 2018 Ertie Evangelista
Apr 7, 2018 Tess Venus Frankly sick and tired of of humans laying waste to our precious species, given climate change we need to leave these beings alone - they and only they can rebalance our planet - humans have made an unholy mess of everything. Stop this betrayal of animals
Apr 7, 2018 faye munro
Apr 7, 2018 Christopher Clark
Apr 6, 2018 Tammy Jeter
Apr 5, 2018 Inga Frauke Majer
Apr 5, 2018 Casey Jo Remy
Apr 5, 2018 Dona LaSchiava GET EVOLVED YOU DISGUSTING SUB-HUMAN SAVAGES!
Apr 5, 2018 Maureen Wheeler
Apr 5, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Apr 5, 2018 Cassandra Santiago
Apr 5, 2018 Maria Sicari
Apr 2, 2018 christine resch
Apr 2, 2018 Carol Stephenson
Mar 31, 2018 Mary Smith
Mar 31, 2018 Alyssa Oggiono
Mar 30, 2018 Julie English
Mar 30, 2018 Melissa Duralia
Mar 29, 2018 Joke Haan
Mar 29, 2018 Sheryl Myhan
Mar 29, 2018 Mary Ellen Roberson WOW what cowards to bear bait. It is so inhumane. What is the matter with you idiots!! Illegalize the practice of bear baiting to give bears a chance to survive. No compassion!!
Mar 29, 2018 cathy king
Mar 29, 2018 Esmè Evans
Mar 29, 2018 Sandy Lynch
Mar 29, 2018 Rosa Rodriguez
Mar 29, 2018 Annie Rosen
Mar 28, 2018 Dallene Weaver
Mar 28, 2018 Cheryl Sickler
Mar 28, 2018 Megan Tunstall
Mar 28, 2018 Joan Heezen
Mar 28, 2018 pH Chambers
Mar 28, 2018 Shelley Dorgan
Mar 28, 2018 lydia zink

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