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    Pedigree Chum owner linked to dog and bear fighting in the Ukraine

    NewsDogs and puppiesTuesday 30 July 2013
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    A shocking news story has emerged of bear baiting happening in the Ukraine where a bear is tethered to a chain and dogs are allowed to attack it. What makes this more shocking is that a company called Royal Canin helped sponsor the event which is linked to Britain’s Pedigree Chum.

    The company behind the atrocities which is called Royal Canin, a French based company sponsored the show and even gave two cups to the owners of the dogs involved in the horrific fights with the terrified bear.

    The scandal has caused fury and an international storm especially in the head office of Ryoal Canin where bosses had no ideas that their Ukrainian counterparts were involved in such a practise.

    It was after strong protests and a campaign by the Four Paws bear charity that Royal Canin has agreed to give £250,000 to help find and save up to 20 bears.

    Royal Canin’s Facebook page was inundated with messages from angry social network users who claimed that things had to change and they would stop buying their products.

    Royal Canin is owned by the Mars Corporation which is the same company that owns Pedigree Chum.

    The pictures and video provided by Four Paws show a frightened bear tied to a tree by a rope and hunting dogs then taunt and bite it. Standing next to the fights are people who place bets on what will happen. The bears suffer serious injuries and severe blood loss.

    Most seriously, bears face serious injuries to their necks as hunting dogs are trained to attack this part of their body.

    The practise is not just agony for the bear but also the dogs who can get seriously injured.

    A letter sent by Herve Marc of Royal Canin said that “It appears that these photos were taken during a dog show in Dubovy Gay in the Ukraine, on April 27-28, 2013.

    “Our colleagues in the Ukraine confirmed that we sponsored brand placements with one banner, two cups and a free product for a dog show and nothing else. There was no mention of the demonstration using the bear.

    “As a result of our investigation, we have decided to immediately pull out of future sponsorship of this event and undertake some additional actions, such as reminding our sales and marketing teams around the globe of the relevant policies in place.

    “Our Animal Welfare Policy states that we do not undertake, support or sponsor research that harms animals.”

    A new statement was however issued later on saying “Royal Canin unreservedly apologises for sponsoring the event where the bear baiting took place. As a company with knowledge and respect for animals at our heart, we condemn any activities that harm or endanger animals.

    “Royal Canin has been absolutely horrified to see these images linked with our brand. The sponsorship of this event is not consistent with Royal Canin’s animal welfare policy, our philosophy of Pet First or our vision.

    “This has been a humbling experience for Royal Canin. We again thank Four Paws International for bringing this practice to our attention and in doing so reminding us that diligence in ensuring our policy is followed is paramount.

    “We look forward to working with all our partners to prevent animal cruelty through policy change and improved animal welfare practices. Specifically, Royal Canin will work to improve the welfare of the Ukrainian bears and dogs involved in bear-baiting.” 

    On the Four Paws official Facebook page, they are working with Royal Canin to try and put a stop to the barbaric sport.

     

     

    Source: Express

    Photo: Jason Empey

     

     

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