Wednesday, April 9, 2008

Bear wrestling


Section 13A-12-5

Unlawful bear exploitation; penalties.

(a) A person commits the offense of unlawful bear exploitation if he or she knowingly does any one of the following:

(1) Promotes, engages in, or is employed at a bear wrestling match.

From a Times Daily, Ala., news story: "Law enforcement officials point out that the unlawful exploitation of a bear, or bear wrestling, carries a stiffer punishment than child abuse."

Oklahoma: Department of Agriculture, Animal Cruelty Statues, Title 21

Crimes and Punishments Chapter 67 Injuries to Animals

"§ 1700. Bear Wrestling - Horse Tripping.

A. It is unlawful for any person to: 1. Promote, engage in, or be employed at a bear wrestling exhibition or horse tripping event;"


News about Ceasar, the wrestling bear:

"Legal Battle Under Way Over Wrestling Bear Show"

From the story: "The half-ton bear was scheduled to wrestle people at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday..."


"'It's truly disappointing. We advertised in Pennsylvania, Toledo and Columbus. There's going to be a lot of disappointed families,' said Chris Fassnacht."