Lawmaker to Introduce Bear Baying Ban

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) – A South Carolina lawmaker says he will introduce legislation banning a practice known as “bear baying.”

Columbia state Senator Joel Lourie said Tuesday he was appalled by videos showing dogs running and jumping at a chained-up, declawed bear.

The Humane Society of the United States released videos Monday from an undercover investigation of several such events in South Carolina. They say the practice is effectively banned in every state but South Carolina and harms the bears psychologically.

Hunters say the exercise helps them train their dogs on what to do when they come across a bear during a hunt.

Lourie says he will work with the Humane Society and state hunting regulators before he pre-files the bill in December.

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