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Sindh Wildlife traces bear kept illegally in Tando Adam

Negotiation for bear's possession under way

SAMAA | - Posted: Aug 23, 2020 | Last Updated: 6 months ago
SAMAA |
Posted: Aug 23, 2020 | Last Updated: 6 months ago
Sindh Wildlife traces bear kept illegally in Tando Adam

Photo: Sindh Wildlife/Twitter

The Sindh Wildlife Department has traced down an Asian black bear illegally owned by a “gypsy” family in Sanghar’s Tando Adam.

Earlier this week, a TikTok video by a teenager showed the bear kept in dire conditions. Following this, the department launched a search operation to find the bear.

On Saturday, Wildlife Inspector Aijaz Noondhani found the bear in the unlawful possession of gypsies. It was being used for bear-baiting (a sport involving the tormenting of bears with other animals, commonly dogs). The sport is a source of income for multiple gypsy families who also use the animal for begging.

“The transfer of the bear’s custody has been delayed due to resistance from the female members of the family,” the department said, adding that negotiations are underway to provide them with an alternative livelihood.

The Sindh Wildlife Department has offered a cargo motorcycle to the head of family in exchange, it added.

Bear baiting is a popular sport in Sindh. During the fight, the bear is tied from the nose and its nails already cut. It is made to fight at least three dogs, who attack its nose during the round.

Practices of bear-baiting, fighting and forced begging with animals is banned in the province under the Sindh Bear Baiting Control Rules, 2015. Perpetrators are punished with two years in prison and a fine of Rs100,000.

Once the possession of the bear is obtained, it will be transferred to a sanctuary where it will be treated and then released into the wild.

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2 Comments

  1. Bestbear  August 23, 2020 2:39 pm/ Reply

    This is so sad! Poor Moon bear!
    Asian black bears are classified as vulnerable because of forest destruction, bile farming, and killing body parts. These beautiful bears have been illegally put into cages for bile farming that is sad. These poor moon bears should be freed so they can have enough energy to roam around, foraging for food and water. Also, Asian black bears have been killed for their body parts. It’s not nice to lock these poor bears in cages for bile farmings and for killing them for body parts, it’s illegal and otherwise they’ll go extinct.
    Bile farmings, tree choppings and killing bears on body parts should be banned right now, so we can protect these beautiful moon bears for conservation, so our choice is to build loads of sanctuaries so they can reproduce more and more cubs to keep their population growing again away from extinction, that will be good. We also need loads of giant enclosures for the moon bears so they can have a happy life roaming around, but the enclosures would need loads of grass, bushes, trees and a pond so these beautiful animals can forage for food and water, they’ll have a happy life.

  2. Bestbear  August 23, 2020 2:41 pm/ Reply

    We had enough of people sticking bears in cages and it’s cruel!

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