Mainers for Fair Bear Hunting


Global Pop Icon Ke$ha Endorses Mainers for Fair Bear Hunting Ballot Initiative

The singer calls Maine’s treatment of bears “cruel and unsporting”

(Aug. 26, 2013) – August 26 marks the start of bear hunting season in Maine and as global pop icon Ke$ha prepares for her August 30 show on the Bangor waterfront, she announced her support for Mainers for Fair Bear Hunting and their statewide campaign to put an end to the practices of bear hounding, baiting and trapping in Maine. Monday, August 26, marks the start of hunting season in Maine. The group is preparing to collect signatures to put the measure on the November 2014 ballot.

Mainers for Fair Bear Hunting is a coalition of state and national groups, local animal shelters, veterinarians, responsible hunters and residents across the state who agree these inhumane and unnecessary methods of killing bears have no place in responsible bear management. Maine remains the only state in the nation that allows all three practices.

Of the campaign’s effort, Ke$ha said: “I am proud to endorse Mainers for Fair Bear Hunting which will bring Maine in line with the much of the rest of the country by prohibiting the cruel and unsporting practice of chasing down bears with packs of GPS-collared hounds, the use of painful snares to trap bears, and the use of piles of rotting junk food to bait bears for an easy kill. I encourage all my fans to get involved with the campaign by visiting fairbearhunt.com.”

Katie Hansberry, campaign director for Mainers for Fair Bear Hunting said: “We are thrilled that Ke$ha has endorsed the effort to protect Maine’s bears from the inhumane and unsporting practices of trapping, baiting, and hounding. This sort of cruelty is at odds with Maine’s heritage of sportsmanship, and it is encouraging to see public figures like Ke$ha recognize that.”

Mainers for Fair Bear Hunting plans to gather 80,000 signatures of Maine voters, to exceed the 57,277 valid signatures needed to qualify for the November 2014 ballot.

Facts

  • Baiting involves luring bears to a spot in the woods with rotting junk food like pastries and pizza. This unsporting practice habituates bears to human food sources which can lead to increases in conflicts with humans. The supplemental feeding through bait can also artificially augment the bear population by increasing reproduction rates—a counterproductive and wholly irresponsible practice.
  • Hounding involves chasing bears to exhaustion with packs of GPS-collared dogs that the houndsmen monitor remotely and use to easily locate the bear. The bear is then shot out of a tree or dies after being ripped apart by the pack of dogs.
  • Maine only requires that trappers check their traps every 24 hours, so bears can languish for an entire day in the painful grips of a snare trap. Trappers even report bears chewing their own paws off to free themselves.
  • Maine is the only state in the country that allows statewide recreational bear trapping and one of only 12 states that allows bear baiting. Bear hounding is legal in 18 states. Some of the biggest bear hunting states in the country like Montana, Oregon, Pennsylvania, and New York manage their bear populations without resorting to these practices.
  • States like Oregon, Washington, and Colorado prohibited bear baiting and hounding in the 1990s and have successfully managed their bear populations without these cruel and unsporting methods. They have continued to maintain relatively stable bear populations and stable “nuisance” complaint levels. In fact, bear hunting participation and bear take rose in all three states following their respective prohibitions.

Media Contact: Elise Baldacci, 207-299-0226, ebaldacci@mainestreetsolutions.com


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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