Bears get caught in the crosshairs all too often, whether out of fear, desire for a trophy or ignorance about humane management techniques.
The HSUS works to maintain longstanding protections for bears and to end the cruel and unsporting practices of bear baiting, hounding, trapping and springtime hunting.
Learn more about abusive bear hunting practices:
- Baiting involves intensive feeding of black bears to make them easier targets of trophy hunters.
- Hounding involves hunters and guides using packs of radio-collared hounds to pursue bears into trees.
- Trapping, currently legal only in Maine, leaves bears to languish for hours and even days, sometimes suffering painful injuries until they are killed.
- Spring bear hunting can kill mother bears, leaving orphaned cubs to fend for themselves at a time when they are most vulnerable.
News & Events
June 24, 2015
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission voted to reopen a trophy hunt on the Florida black bear.
June 8, 2015
A committee hearing scheduled for June 19 will decide on a ban of chocolate and chocolate derivatives in bear bait starting in 2016.
May 14, 2015
The New Hampshire Fish and Game Commission unanimously voted to ban the use of chocolate and chocolate derivatives in bear bait starting in 2016.
April 15, 2015
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission voted to open a trophy hunt on Florida’s unique subspecies of black bears for the time in 21 years and just three years after Florida black bears were removed from the threatened species list.
May 22, 2015
A bill that will prohibit the use of bullhooks on elephants in California passed the Senate 29-7.
March 13, 2015
October 24, 2014
Rays of Hope: Humane Society International Helps Implement Historic New Protections for Sharks and Rays
Humane Society International helps implement historic new protections for sharks and rays
August 5, 2014
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has taken unprecedented action today by signing legislation that will end New Jersey’s contribution to the devastating international trade in ivory and rhino horns.