Mainers for Fair Bear Hunting


Hounding, Baiting, and Trapping are Cruel

Mainers are speaking out against this cruelty

“Maine black bears are gentle, intelligent, curious, shy, peaceful animals that deserve better treatment. Bears are a proud symbol of the Maine woods and the mascot to our flagship university. So why do we treat it like a dump rat?”  - CentralMaine.com, October 17, 2014 

“Baiting, trapping or using dogs is not hunting, it’s exploitation. The art of searching and pursuing is excluded. There are many animals in Maine’s forest, and traps can’t identify their prey.” - CentralMaine.com, October 16, 2014

“Maine is one of a last handful of states where baiting is allowed, and for good reason. The practice, akin to shooting fish in a barrel, is simply inhumane, and we see nothing sportsmanlike in shooting bears that have been lulled into a near sugar coma by stale doughnuts.” - Seacoast Online, October 14, 2014

“The good people of Maine, north and south, can be proud of this state when we place decency and compassion above cruelty and selfishness.” - Sun Journal, October 12, 2014

“Our humanity is expressed by the way we treat our fellow human beings, and it is also expressed in the way we treat animals. All the animals, big and little, tame and wild, should have our respect.” - CentralMaine.com, October 10, 2014

“Bears are too intelligent, and too important to the health of the ecosystem, to be treated so callously.” - The Times Record Editorial, May 20, 2014

“I am asking the hunters to please think about it and if, or when it comes to vote, vote what your heart tells you. And give the bears as much of a chance to run free as any other animal.” - Mary Moutlon, The Sun Journal Letter to the Editor, April 2, 2014 

“Most people would agree that cruelty to animals is wrong. So how can leaving a frightened bear to suffer in a 2 1/2 inch foot snare for up to 24 hours be thought of as anything but cruel?”- Wendy Andresen, The Camden Herald Letter to the Editor, March 27, 2014

“How can anyone believe that leaving a 300-pound bear stuck in a 2½-inch ankle snare for a day of extreme pain is acceptable? Or that letting a pack of dogs attack a mama bear and her cubs is acceptable?” - Wendy Andresen, The Bangor Daily News Letter to the Editor, March 12, 2014

“Shall we be the only state where all three forms of this cruelty to our iconic bears is endorsed?” - Dr. Maxene Doty, The Bangor Daily News Letter to the Editor, January 1, 2014

“As a veterinarian, I have treated dogs that were attacked by bears while used for hunting. I see no reason to allow this unnecessary bear and dog suffering to continue in Maine, simply for the sake of recreation.” - Dr. Maria Salvaggio, The Bangor Daily News Op-Ed, December 16, 2013

“The issue is simple: Do you want inhumane hunting or humane hunting? Period.” - Maxine Snow, The Bangor Daily News Letter to the Editor, November 11, 2013

"Many of the dogs used for hounding are typically kept primarily or exclusively outdoors even in the coldest or hottest weather, chained or kenneled with often little more than a barrel for shelter. Some are kept hungry to encourage their prey drive, which is why they are often underweight.  When these animals are no longer useful, they arrive at a shelter generally as a stray dog. As a shelter director for a large facility we are their safety net and my team is on the front lines of caring for these animals, rehabilitating, and retraining them with the ultimate goal of rehoming." - Patsy Murphy, Executive Director of Animal Refuge League, Animal Refuge LeagueNovember 1, 2013

For more information, download our fact sheet on these cruel practices.


Endorsements

Wildlife Alliance of Maine
Animal Welfare Society
Spay Maine
Maine Friends of Animals
The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA)
Coastal Humane Society
Animal Refuge League
The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS)
Halfway Home Pet Rescue

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Media

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."

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