Bear wrestling is one of the Cruelty to Animals Acts that Louisiana has so diligently passed. This act covers all aspects related to this event, from the actual owner, handler and trainer of the wrestling bear to the owner of the location where the event is held. So, if becoming part of the sport of bear wrestling is what you have in mind for your chosen career, you better read on to see what faces you in the state of Louisiana.
In Louisiana, bear wrestling is defined as a “contest between one or more persons and a bear for the purpose of fighting or engaging in a physical altercation”. If a bear wrestling event is busted, everyone involved in this event will be charged with the offense. This includes anyone who promoted the event, anyone who engaged in the event and also anyone who worked at the event or for anyone connected to the bear wrestling event. Charges will also be brought against anyone who received the money for admission from anyone charged to witness this event.
These people are not the only ones who will receive charges against them. Anyone in connection with the actual bear being used for this event will also be charged with breaking the law. This includes anyone who sells bears for wrestling, owns or possesses the bear or bears that will be used for bear wrestling matches or trains the bears for these events. So any bear owners in the state of Louisiana better not be thinking about using them for bear wrestling matches. If they do, they will get caught and dealt with.
The consequences faced with being charged with bear wrestling will have the opportunity to pay a fine of not more than five hundred dollars or can be imprisoned for not more than six months. Or they can be lucky enough to receive a fine and be imprisoned.
Is bear wrestling a problem in Louisiana? I really don’t have any idea. I have personally lived here over 10 years and have never heard of it. I really don’t think that it is an everyday occurrence that has to be dealt with over and over by law enforcement. But does it occur sometime, I really couldn’t say. Along with that question comes the next one, why would anyone want to wrestle a bear? I can’t answer that one either. Seems pretty dumb to me, but you hear about dumb things people do on a regular basis. The last question would have to be why would anyone want to go watch this type of event and be expected to pay to watch this event? I can say that I would not watch an event like this ever, free or have to pay. Is this a dumb law, that I can’t say. Part of me says yeah, this is dumb, but now days we have laws that protect defenseless animals. Yes, even bears can be considered defenseless under the right conditions.
So, bear wrestling owners, wrestlers, promoters listen up…don’t come to Louisiana to engage in your sport.