Time to stop barbaric training exercises

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Louise and Charles C. Garner

On Aug. 23, my husband called me over to our computer. His mornings are usually spent with him puttering around, but this particular morning, he saw something that caught his attention.
“You have to see this – it’s so sad, almost made me cry,” he said.
My husband is a retired military veteran. During the years, he has served our country.
He has seen more than his share of cruelty and bloodshed, but what he saw that morning turned his stomach.
“It’s a bear – a tame bear being used for bait. They trim his teeth and nails and then lead him out and have dogs attack him.”
He couldn’t believe that such archaic, inhumane behavior could be committed on the ground that he’s loved and protected for so many years.
It looked like something one would see in a Third World country – not in our beautiful America.
“You have to do something,” he told me. “Write to someone, call and let them know what’s happening.”
I do most of his writing for him. We both suffer from his ADHD, PTDS and severe bi-polar mood swings and all the other things he has come down with through the years.
My husband was right. The bear cub in the video is, in fact, tame and helpless. He is led out, then tethered so the dogs that are brought in can physically attack and torment him relentlessly for hours on end.
This is no “training exercise,” as the S.C. Hunting Regulators would like people to believe.
It is the purposely inhumane treatment of a living, breathing being. One that is being tormented solely for the pleasure of spectators, many of whom even have the audacity to bring snacks and lawn chairs so they may enjoy this barbaric event.
This is no different from dogfighting, where cats, domestic dogs and piglets are brought in to be torn apart by dogs to satisfy the blood-thirsty cheering crowd.

Louise and Charles C.
Garner, USMC (retired)