Mainers for Fair Bear Hunting is a grassroots campaign dedicated to establishing common-sense protections for Maine’s bears and the dogs forced to chase them. We represent a broad coalition of hunters, environmental and animal organizations, animal shelters and rescue groups, veterinarians, businesses, community and faith leaders, and independent biologists.
The closeness of the 2014 vote for bear hunting reform indicates that there is an emerging consensus in the state to take action to protect bears from cruelty.
Hunting is a Maine tradition -- cruelty is not.
Maine Bear Hunting Reform Narrowly Rejected by Voters
Mainers for Fair Bear Hunting expressed disappointment about the election results on Question 1, but thanked more than a quarter million Mainers who voted to end bear baiting, hounding, and trapping.
"We are grateful to so many Maine voters for supporting this proposed reform, and we look forward to working with them and with ‘no’ and non-voters to outlaw the practices of bear hounding and trapping, because we believe there’s substantial agreement on that issue."