On Tuesday, November 4, vote YES! on Question 1, to ban the baiting, hounding, and trapping of bears. These practices are inhumane, unsporting, and reckless.
Other states have successfully banned all three of these cruel and unsporting practices. Maine's the only state to still allow all three practices.
Hunters are not allowed to bait, hound, or trap deer or moose, and shouldn’t be allowed to do it for bears. It's cruel and unfair.
Dumping seven million pounds of junk food into Maine woods each year grows the bear population and habituates them to human food. That’s why every responsible wildlife agency says “Don’t feed the bears.”
National organizations, local humane societies and rescue groups, veterinarians, hunters, independent biologists, and agree: Hunting is a Maine tradition -- cruelty is not. Please vote YES! on Question 1.
Voices around Maine agree: The only way to stop this cruelty is to vote YES! on Question 1.
The York County Journal-Tribune declares:
"It’s hard to imagine a self-respecting, lifelong, traditional Maine woodsman calling himself a hunter when all he does is shoot a feeding, treed or trapped animal point-blank [...] Mainers take pride in our hunting heritage, and we should not continue to sully it by accommodating so-called “hunters” from out of state who want an easy way to take home a trophy kill. We should have more respect for our natural resources than to continue these unethical and damaging practices."