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Bear-baiting is a terrible practice in which bear cubs are often taken from the wild (I don't doubt that many of the bears used may have actually been taken away from their mothers when they are too young), only to be forced into cramped, barren cages. When they are old enough, the bears are set upon by trained dogs who are forced to attack them.
The bears are kept alive only to be used in second, third, fourth or even more fights. They are unable to defend themselves properly because they will have often had their claws and teeth removed after being bought, received or snatched by the bear-baiters and/or their helpers.
The dogs often fair little better. They are often wounded or even killed during these fights because, although the bears generally have their teeth and claws removed, they can still lash out at the dogs in self defence, often knocking them against the ground with violent force. It also would not surprise at all if many of the dogs are kept in similar bad conditions to those that the bears are kept in and/or abused outside of the fights.
Labour in and out of government has long supported the shooting industry. This support of bloodsports continues despite defeat at the general election. At the last Labour Party conference a Labour spokesman again pledged Labour support for the gamebird industry and all the horrors that go with it.
For thirteen years the Labour Party in government gave active and sustained support to the gamebird industry, endorsing barbaric bloodsports and the medieval snaring and persecution of our wildlife.
Huge numbers of people across the country have long been appalled by Labour's support of shooting and cited it as a reason they left the Labour Party or no longer vote for it.
Support for killing sentient creatures for fun and persecuting our wildlife is incompatible with progressive ideals and values of compassion and decency.