World Animal Protection


WSPA aims to permanently end the cruel and barbaric practice of bear baiting in Pakistan, and therefore the world.

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It ran from 10:00 AM, 6 December 2010 to 10:00 AM, 4 January 2011

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Bear baiting is a blood sport in which tethered and defenceless bears are attacked by trained dogs. Asiatic black and brown bear cubs are poached from the wild; their canine teeth broken, claws extracted and sensitive muzzle pierced with a rope or nose-ring. Bears rarely die during bouts, enduring up to six fights in one event. Bear baiting is now only found in parts of rural Pakistan, involving an estimated 70 bears.


In 1997, WSPA joined forces with Pakistan Bioresource Research Centre (BRC) to bring an end to bear baiting. Our strategy is based on four aims or principles which each complement and reinforce the other to tackle the immediate animal welfare issues of the bears involved, but also the wider societal conditions that contribute to its continuation.