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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.


Petition Signatures

Jan 22, 2018 Gail Miller
Jan 20, 2018 susan shawket This SAVAGE TORTURE against these little bears MUST STOP. It's barbaric and inhumane. NOT A SPORT.
Jan 16, 2018 Katherine Mouzourakis
Jan 9, 2018 Lynn Gaudette
Jan 8, 2018 Nico Dabajo
Jan 7, 2018 evelyne flament
Jan 5, 2018 Deborah Bell
Jan 3, 2018 Kenneth Lapointe
Jan 2, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Dec 19, 2017 T.J. Pitts
Dec 15, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Dec 15, 2017 christine burgess
Dec 13, 2017 Alice Calkins
Dec 13, 2017 Stanley Charles
Dec 13, 2017 Kristi Weber
Dec 11, 2017 A Martin
Dec 5, 2017 Robert Furem
Dec 3, 2017 Eileen Kulp
Nov 25, 2017 Vincenzo Taffoni
Nov 21, 2017 Gerri Petersen
Nov 21, 2017 Elaine McConaghie
Nov 20, 2017 Julie Hansen
Nov 20, 2017 patricia remollino
Nov 19, 2017 Marla Myles
Nov 19, 2017 Kristin Womack
Nov 19, 2017 Bonnie Farmer
Nov 19, 2017 Lois Freeman
Nov 19, 2017 Roxanne Trombly
Nov 19, 2017 Petra Jones
Nov 19, 2017 stacy brainard
Nov 19, 2017 Robert Klang
Nov 19, 2017 Stacey Govito
Nov 19, 2017 Elaine Alfaro
Nov 19, 2017 Phyl Morello this hunter mentality is for low-minded individuals who think because they have guns, they can kill any animal by any method.
Nov 19, 2017 Rosa Corgatelli
Nov 19, 2017 Andrea Rohr
Nov 19, 2017 Diana Monks
Nov 18, 2017 Donna Fultz
Nov 18, 2017 Jose Manuel Bargueño
Nov 18, 2017 Diane Funk
Nov 18, 2017 Heide-Marie Henniger
Nov 17, 2017 J MASSETTI
Nov 16, 2017 Richard Bosboom
Nov 15, 2017 Tina Tine'
Nov 13, 2017 Dianna Brown
Nov 13, 2017 Katherine Bressan I CARE
Nov 13, 2017 M. Browning
Nov 12, 2017 Heidi Ansell
Nov 12, 2017 rita freeman
Nov 12, 2017 Rachael Pappano

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