Bear baiting

The problem

  • In rural Pakistan, hundreds of spectators will assemble to watch a tethered and weakened bear be dragged into a baiting arena then set upon by trained fighting dogs – all in the name of entertainment.

The solution

  • By spreading the message through education, religious teachings and working with the Pakistani government, we will stamp out bear baiting for good.

What we're doing

  • Reducing the number of bear baiting events to an all-time low.
  • Giving a safe new home to surrendered bears at the World Animal Protection-funded sanctuary.
  • Providing alternative, cruelty-free livelihoods for bear owners.

Help us end bear baiting

Bear baiting is one of the cruellest blood sports in the world. We need your support to stop it, once and for all.

We estimate that there are around 40 bears still being used for baiting – they are in urgent need of our help. A donation from you could help World Animal Protection provide new lives for these bears, far from the fear and violence they’ve always known.



A brutal blood sport

Imagine a terrified bear, dragged into an arena by a coarse rope thread through its sensitive muzzle. The rope is tied to a post so the bear can’t run away. Hundreds of people are watching.


The game begins

Trained fighting dogs – the other victims of this cruel sport, groomed to be extremely aggressive – are unleashed upon the tethered bear.

The bear’s claws and teeth may have been removed – an agonising mutilation for which anaesthetic is rarely used. Because of this, the bear can’t defend itself properly and will tire and weaken as the dogs rip into its flesh.

This goes on for up to three minutes, then a jury decides who is the winner – the dog or the bear.


Saved to fight again

Most bears are permanently scarred, but the killing of either animal is avoided – they are too valuable. The traumatised bears live on to fight again and again.


New lives for baiting bears

As World Animal Protection we are committed to permanently ending what we believe is one of the world’s most savage blood sports. Although illegal in Pakistan, bear baiting events are still being held.

Together with our partner organisation the Bioresource Research Centre (BRC), we arrange the surrender of baiting bears, and bring them to the World Animal Protection-funded sanctuary. Here they can live the rest of their days free from pain and violence.

Thanks to your help, World Animal Protection and BRC have rescued 63 bears since starting to work together. We have tracked down and stopped many bear baiting events, and are constantly on the lookout for others. We are also improving enforcement laws and pushing for stronger legislation to protect bears in Pakistan.

We’re getting closer to ending this violent tradition. But there is still so much to be done.

Please support us – a donation from you could help us bring the last suffering bears to the sanctuary. It could help us reach our ultimate goal: to stamp out bear baiting for good.

Dogs attack during a bear baiting event, Pakistan

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