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      Lawmaker pre-files to ban bear baying

      Columbia Senator Joel Lourie

      COLUMBIA (WACH) -- A state lawmaker has pre-filed a measure that would ban the practice known as bear baying.

      Columbia Senator Joel Lourie said he was appalled by videos that show dogs running and jumping at chained, declawed bears.

      South Carolina is currently the only state where bear baying is legal.

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      Senator Lourie says he wants to outlaw this savage act of animal abuse.

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