Mainers for Fair Bear Hunting


Other Races and Referendum Questions

1. DO YOU WANT TO BAN THE USE OF BAIT, DOGS, OR TRAPS IN BEAR HUNTING EXCEPT TO PROTECT PROPERTY, PUBLIC SAFETY, OR FOR RESEARCH?

YES. We recognize this is a contentious one, but we don’t buy that such a referendum will initiate an explosion in bear populations. Our opposition is on moral grounds, that bear baiting is unsportsmanlike, and that moral opposition outweighs any potential slight dip in tertiary money that the state might see from potential tourist-hunters.  Furthermore, those hunters still have plenty of options beyond baiting. Worst case scenario? That the No folks and the wildlife biologists they cite will be right, the bear population will increase – and then we’ll initiate counter-legislation based on facts, not on fear and speculation.


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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