Mainers for Fair Bear Hunting is a nonprofit dedicated to establishing long-overdue 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.
We made a good-faith attempt to bring all stakeholders to the table and address this issue during the 2013 legislative session. Unfortunately, the other side was unwilling to pursue a compromise. In Maine, we’re lucky to have the citizen initiative process, which allows citizens to prohibit these cruel and unsporting practices at the ballot box.
With the help of thousands of Mainers, in just 121 days, we gathered nearly 80,000 signatures and placed this initiative on the November 2014 ballot. Although we were disappointed by the outcome of this election, we are grateful to the more than a quarter million Mainers who voted to support this reform.
The closeness of the vote indicates that there is an emerging consensus in the state to take action to protect bears from cruelty. Join us!
For the time being, Maine will remain as the only state in the nation to allow bear baiting, hounding, and trapping.
In Maine, hunting is a time-honored tradition but cruelty is not. If you have questions, use fill out our comment form or email email@example.com. For all media or debate inquiries, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
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."