American Kennel Club Supports Bear Hounders

26 Apr

Photo by Jim Martin via, Wikimedia Commons


California is far from being a perfect state. But in terms of animal welfare and protection they are light years ahead of the rest of the country. Recently, legislation was introduced in California to finally ban their already limited practice of bear and bobcat hounding. On Tuesday the Los Angeles Times printed an editorial called:

Bear hunting: Leash the hounds

From the op-ed:

“Hunting groups and American Kennel Club officials say this is a sporting, athletic endeavor for hunters and hounds alike. Animal welfare advocates, including the Humane Society of the United States, which sponsored the bill being introduced by state Sen. Ted Lieu (D-Torrance), say this practice is cruel to bears and unsporting.”

“Allowing packs of dogs to chase bears and bobcats for miles until, exhausted, the animals climb trees to flee the canines and end up trapped and clinging to a tree limb, essentially waiting to be shot by a hunter below, is indeed a cruel practice, an animal version of “The Hunger Games.” Those bears and cats that don’t make it up a tree sometimes end up dueling with the dogs on the ground. Once an animal is treed, it’s hardly more sporting to shoot it off a branch than it is to kill it during a captive hunt — in which animals are fenced in for an organized hunt and unable to escape, a practice mostly prohibited in California.”

I did not know that the American Kennel Club (AKC) supported bear hounders. Not only do they oppose regulating the horrific “puppy mill” industry, they are now advocates for those “athletic” bear hounders. If anyone has any affiliation with this group it would be wise to remember this. And of course the repulsive Safari Club International and the National Redneck Rifle Association (NRA) are also in opposition to this bill. 

California deserves our support in their fight to end the brutal practice of hounding. So whenever you see “AKC Certified,” remember that this group is in bed with deplorable groups like SCI and the NRA and wants to continue the use of dogs as a weapon against our wildlife nationwide.


Posted by on April 26, 2012 in National Wildlife Issues


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4 responses to “American Kennel Club Supports Bear Hounders

  1. stephanie

    April 26, 2012 at 6:08 pm

    thank you for the posts. Tho’ disturbing, some of them, its good to know about other parts of this country. Living in Minnesota and preparing to speak out for the life of wolves.

  2. Bobette Traul

    April 27, 2012 at 12:06 am

    Never did care for the Kennel Club and their high’ falutin’ ways. Shame on them. I wouldn’t think they would support low life activities that are inhumane to other dogs. Need to put that on Facebook.

  3. chance

    April 28, 2012 at 8:04 am

    I wish I had recorded my phone conversation with the American Kennel Club yesterday. They couldn’t transfer me around fast enough after I made the comment ” I want to have the email address of the person who has the misguided view that hunting with dogs is “sporting”. I have hundreds of videos on youtube from Wisconsin, Maine, and down south showing these “sportsmen” allowing their mutts to rip at innocent bears, coyotes and bobcats……Who would that be at the American Kennel Club that would be responsible to view these videos…..Silence…..Hold on sir….I’ll find out who you should talk to. Apparently AKC doesn’t have a Public Affairs Dept. I never did get transferred to a person.

  4. Jill Foster

    April 30, 2012 at 8:35 am

    The practice of hound hunting for bear is one of the most cruel sports and it has a lot of people upset in Wi. Not only is it cruel but we cannot those that want to hike camp, walk and view colors is not allowed. Many good jobs are lost as companys and small business move do to way to much hunting in Wi.


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