Mar 11, 2008
WSPA member society the Bioresource Research Centre Pakistan (PBRC) prevented a bear baiting event in February 2008, saving two bears from multiple violent attacks by powerful dogs.
WSPA and PBRC’s local networking program enabled them to enlist support against the powerful landlords who arranged the event.
Landlords stand to make large profits from bets placed on the bloody contests, despite this cruelty being illegal in Pakistan and contrary to religious teachings.
PBRC, working with Punjab wildlife officials, managed to prevent the baiting taking place with a carefully planned and timed intervention.
But when the authorities attempted to confiscate the bears they were prevented from doing so by the influential landlords who had set up the lucrative event.
The two bears which seemed destined to suffer ripped muzzles and multiple wounds are now settling into a new life the Kund Park Bear Sanctuary.
The surrender of further animals is currently being negotiated.
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