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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


Jul 20, 2018 Dee Sands
Jul 20, 2018 Sally Sharp
Jul 19, 2018 Brenda Smith
Jul 19, 2018 O C Oliveira
Jul 19, 2018 Pam Sweeney
Jul 19, 2018 Steviann Yanowitz
Jul 19, 2018 Lanette Rapp
Jul 19, 2018 Dominic LeRose
Jul 19, 2018 Kathie Boley
Jul 19, 2018 Julia Caliari
Jul 19, 2018 Cindy Stein
Jul 19, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jul 19, 2018 aartje van den heuvel
Jul 19, 2018 Beau Ryba
Jul 19, 2018 Robert Reed
Jul 16, 2018 Judith Lotz
Jul 5, 2018 Dat Tran
Jul 5, 2018 Robin Giddings
Jul 1, 2018 Ilona O'Beirne
Jun 30, 2018 Ellen Prior
Jun 30, 2018 Tammi Long
Jun 29, 2018 Natalia Ilina
Jun 29, 2018 Jacklyn Yancy
Jun 29, 2018 Terri Szabacsan
Jun 29, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jun 29, 2018 Jane Davidson
Jun 29, 2018 David Parker
Jun 29, 2018 KIM HALL
Jun 29, 2018 Vangelis Seitanidis
Jun 29, 2018 Holly Nottingham
Jun 29, 2018 Kim Taylor
Jun 29, 2018 Stacey Olphin
Jun 29, 2018 ANGELIQUE MCCLEAN
Jun 28, 2018 Vicky Chan
Jun 26, 2018 Becky Tank
Jun 23, 2018 Elise Buffie
Jun 23, 2018 Judy Moran
Jun 21, 2018 Muriel BOU
Jun 17, 2018 Axa Tolonen
Jun 13, 2018 Rick Hodorowich
Jun 10, 2018 Robert & Virginia Ilardi
Jun 8, 2018 Leah Helmer
Jun 8, 2018 Ana Chen
Jun 8, 2018 Darla Shelton
Jun 8, 2018 Evangeline Miranda
Jun 8, 2018 Sandra Kuschel
Jun 8, 2018 Sandra Cobb
Jun 8, 2018 Rachel Gaspard
Jun 8, 2018 Josef Vogler
Jun 7, 2018 Suzanne Stephens

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