Stop the Cruel and Bullying "Sport" of Hounding Bears and Bobcats.
By madeline bernstein on April 20, 2012
Senate Bill 1221 will stop the cruel and bullying pastime of “hounding” bears and bobcats.
"Hounding" is a hunting practice where dogs are first sprayed with a bear attractant and fitted with high‐tech radio devices, complete with GPS, that permits the hunters to hunt remotely. The dogs can chase the bear or bobcats for miles until they are treed or exhausted, at which time the tip-switch on the collars alerts the hunters, who, arrive and shoot a weary animal at point blank range. Essentially, the hounds take all the risks while the "sport" hunter lounges around in the park waiting for the signal to exert him or herself enough to shoot a trapped, immobilized animal.
Notwithstanding the terrifying ordeal suffered by the target animal, the hounds don't fare much better. They are not treated as pets but as working animals. They get injured running, hit by cars, and are often wounded or killed by the target animal or any other wildlife (such as deer) that they may encounter. There are reports of shelters receiving these dogs dehydrated, skinny and injured after they are no longer any use to the "sportsman".
I respectfully submit that this form of hunting is neither sport nor sportsman like. As comedian Paul Rodriguez said: "In a sport both sides should know they are in the game".
Not only do the animals not know they are playing - the bullies are cheating.
It is time to end this practice in California. Please contact your representatives http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/yourleg.html and urge them to pass SB 1221.
by Rita Arens
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