(Nov. 1, 2014) – Yes! On 1 released new online videos highlighting the indefensible practices that the IF&W are supporting – the cruel methods of trapping, baiting and hounding – and debunking the false scare tactics the opponents of Question 1 are using.
Katie Hansberry, campaign director for Mainers for Fair Bear Hunting, said: “It is outrageous that IF&W can say with a straight face that the extreme methods of trapping, baiting, and hounding bears are ‘necessary, safe and kind’ when the bears are clearly in distresses, struggling for hours on end in wire traps, being attacked by a pack of dogs and ultimately shot execution style. This is cruelty plain and simple and it must stop. Vote Yes on Question 1 – Vote yes to end this cruelty.”
View the new videos here, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TCc-Kkc8iBw&feature=youtu.be and here, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=udDQkc7hsJU&feature=youtu.be.
Maine is an outlier, being the only state in the country to allow all three of these cruel and unsporting practices and the only one to allow trapping.
The opposition campaign is also spreading misinformation that bears pose a serious public safety threat that even the opposition’s own spokespeople don’t believe. IF&W biologist Randy Cross admits, “I think your fear of bears is exaggerated and is not rational…Since there has not been an unprovoked bear attack in the history of white settlement in Maine, it is not a realistic threat.” (Oct. 30, 2012). In addition, in a recent op-ed, George Smith, the former director of the Sportsman’s Alliance of Maine, concedes that “you do not need to be scared of bears. I will admit that scaring you about bears was an important part of our strategy...” (Oct. 14, 2004).
Mainers for Fair Bear Hunting is a coalition of state and national groups, environmental and animal organizations, animal shelters and rescue groups, hunters, veterinarians, businesses, community and faith leaders and independent biologists. The coalition’s Bear and Science Advisory Council consists of sportsmen, scientists and bear experts who have come together to support a fair bear hunt and prohibit the cruel practices of hounding, baiting, and trapping.
For more on information, visit yesonquestion1.com.
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."