UPDATE (8/25): The American Kennel Club has severed ties with the dog breeding group that sanctions "bear baying" events following the release of video showing hounds attacking a chained bear. The State newspaper of Columbia, SC reports the AKC sent out a press release Tuesday saying it does not consider ‘bear baying’ acceptable” and "has never and would never approve this activity.” The AKC board barred the group that organized one of the large S.C. events from participating in AKC activities. Another dog registry, the United Kennel Club told the State that it urged people who witnessed cruel activities to call authorities but that it had no control over bear baying.
Read more: http://www.thestate.com/2010/08/24/1430342/group-calls-for-end-to-bear-baying.html#ixzz0xeoE3a5c
The Humane Society of the United States today released undercover video showing dogs attacking a declawed, defanged bear chained to a stake in an effort to end the practice of bear baiting in South Carolina.
"We really view this as a throwback to the days of the Roman Colosseum, when people filled an arena as spectators to watch animals pitted against each other," said Michael Markarian, the Humane Society's chief operating officer.