Mainers for Fair Bear Hunting


 

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Oct 31, 2014

Trusted to preserve our northern whitetail herd, our Inland Fisheries & Wildlife Department presided over its collapse due to loss of wintering habitat, and refused to admit it for fear of losing nonresident deer hunting fees.

Trusted to preserve Maine’s wild freshwater fishery, IF&W stood by while pristine native brook trout ponds became infested with baitfish; they continue to watch sportsmen spread the problem.

Oct 30, 2014

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?

Oct 30, 2014

There are people who do shameful things and then there are people who help them to do these shameful things in order to make a little money. Most people would not want to sit in an easy chair, shoot a bear in a cage and call it hunting.

We know the difference between true hunting and shooting a bear in a cage. But there are some misguided souls who would pay a lot of money to shoot a bear in a cage.

Oct 30, 2014

Cruelty towards wildlife and people has no place in Maine. Chasing shy and gentle black bears, through their forest home, with GPS collared hounds and then shooting these panicked bears out of a tree, is not fair chase hunting, it is persecution. Any decent human being who witnessed a pack of dogs attacking a wounded bear, shot out of a tree, would realize why Mainers are being asked to put a stop to this cruelty in our forests.

Press Releases
Oct 30, 2014

Evidence from other states shows a stable bear population and increased revenue

(Oct. 30, 2014) – A recently released report shows that a “Yes” on Question 1 will lead to increased bear hunting participation and revenue generation for the state, while stabilizing the bear population. Colorado, Oregon and Washington prohibited these cruel methods two decades ago and have been effectively managing their bear population while keeping bear-human conflicts stable and dramatically increasing revenue.

Oct 30, 2014

Worldwide, humans kill billions of animals and kill or oppress millions of humans. We’re the most destructive beings on earth.

Wild animals don’t plot to hurt us; they seek to live in nature, as far away from us as possible.

Oct 29, 2014

According to the polls, the vote on Question 1 in Maine is very close, with reputable polling showing the race a dead heat. The good news is, there appears to be a clear majority of people who want to ban baiting, hounding, and trapping of bears, and once they sort out that a “yes” vote protects the bears, we should prevail.

Oct 29, 2014

Maine voters get a chance to weigh in on whether hunters can continue to use baiting, dogs, and trapping as allowable methods to hunt bears in the state. Question 1 asks “Do you want to ban the use of bait, dogs or traps in bear hunting except to protect property, public safety, or for research?” A “yes” vote approves banning the methods: a “no” vote would continue the permissible use of the three methods.

Oct 28, 2014

If politicians preying upon your attentions this season fail to inspire, you might seek common cause with the beasts — the four-legged variety rather than those running for office.

Ballot initiatives aimed at protecting bears and wolves from hounding, trapping and other inhumane hunting practices are up for a vote in two states — Maine and Michigan.

Oct 28, 2014

How to vote on Question 1 on November’s ballot — which would ban the use of bait, traps and hounds in bear hunting — is an emotional decision for many voters. Moral objections to the use of traps and hounds in bear hunting will undoubtedly drive many voters’ thinking and their “yes” votes.

So, what trumps a response driven by morals? Fear.

Oct 27, 2014

Their own biologists, former SAM leader and hunting writers say bears are not a safety threat

Oct 27, 2014

In the 2004 bear referendum, the opposition decided its best strategy for winning was to scare voters.

Instead of trying to defend unethical hunting and inhumane practices that demean Maine’s true hunting tradition, it was decided that it would be more effective to use misrepresentations, self-serving data and false advertisements. It worked. The proponents lost narrowly in 2004 as they could not overcome this alarmist strategy.

News: VICE News
Oct 27, 2014

A single ballot question in Maine has hunters, biologists, animal rights' activists, and local businesses at odds as the debate over three bear-hunting tactics — baiting, hounding, and trapping — moves to a vote on Nov. 4.

Oct 27, 2014

I had not seen the opposition to fair chase (Vote 'no' on Question 1) ads sponsored by Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife until an angry life-long hunter friend told me game wardens were appearing in commercials using scare tactics to foster the myth that if Question 1 passes, all hell will break loose with Maine’s black bears.

Hearing this, I viewed Warden Chris McCabe’s commercial online. The message was exactly as recounted.

Oct 27, 2014

The opponents of fair bear hunting in Maine are taking outrageous liberties with their misleading campaign rhetoric. One of their constant refrains is that Question 1—which would ban the cruel and unsporting hounding, trapping, and baiting of bears in the last state to allow all three extreme methods—is largely funded by out-of-state groups, including The HSUS and HSLF. Never mind that those groups have tens of thousands of members who are Maine residents, and who want to rid their state of this terrible cruelty.


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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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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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