Two blood-thirsty dogs attacked a chained brown bear over the course of several heartbreaking minutes during a hunting training drill.

The shocking footage was recorded by animal rights activists in Russia at a suspected “baiting station”.

One of the dogs can be seen biting into the bear’s leg from behind. The animal desperately tries to fight back but is held back by its chain.

This is despite it being illegal in Russia to use wild-caught animals to train dogs for hunting.

The Russian parliament passed a bill in December 2017 to ban baiting but the upper house refused to ratify it.

One senator, Sergey Kalashnikov, bizarrely compared it to the extension of LGBT rights in the West.

Kalashnikov added: “We take with humour many trends that are now popular in the West – such as political correctness, the rights of sexual minorities and others.

“This law leads us along the same path.”

However, a law was signed in March 2018 banning wild animals from being used during the training of hunting dogs. As such the training is only allowed in no-contact ways.

But this latest footage of suspected contact baiting was filmed 200 kilometres outside of Moscow.

Responding to the vile video, wild animal specialist Peter Hoffken said: “It’s shameful that sensitive bears are still being attacked and injured by dogs when Russian officials have the power to stop it.”

And Hoffken, who works for PETA Germany, added: “PETA is respectfully urging Mr Putin to ensure authorities nationwide end this barbaric and illegal practice once and for all.”

PETA has sent an urgent letter to Russian president Vladimir Putin asking him to crack down on the brutal activity.

Forcing dogs to gang up on chained animals is supposed to prepare them for being attacked while hunting out in the wild.

And PETA claims that bears and other wild animals are often locked in small cages.

The group also alleged that those who don’t die because of stress injuries are later killed once they are no longer useful to hunters.

The Russian activists who recorded the video also claim to have seen a badger and a boar being held in cages at the cruel facility.

PETA say they believe “dozens of “baiting stations” are thought to exist throughout Russia.

And a statement read: “Hunting is cruel, counterproductive and unnecessary. It has no place in modern society.”

Last month we reported how PETA was also campaigning to rescue a gorilla caged in a “concrete cell” at the “world’s saddest zoo” for 38 years.

Bua Noi is Thailand’s only living gorilla and despite efforts from celebs like Cher and Gillian Anderson, she remains locked up in the infamous Pata Zoo in Thailand.

PETA has campaigned for her release since 2012 and say they are ready to transfer the gorilla to a sanctuary at any moment.

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