Vote YES for Decency and Fairness
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.
Bears are intelligent and sensitive beings, to kill them in this way should not be acceptable human behavior. Snaring black bears at a site baited with junk food, and then shooting the trapped bear at point blank range, is an execution and not true hunting. Baiting itself is nothing more than cheating. There is no challenge in shooting a bear while it is feeding on human junk food, that’s why many other proud hunting states have banned baiting.
Maine people have a unique opportunity to stop cruelty and injustice in our forests, while still allowing for fair chase hunting. Please vote YES, for decency and fairness in the Maine woods, vote YES on Question One.
Vote Yes to End Shameful Hunting Practices
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.
Who are these Maine wildlife biologists, who would try to tell us that the only way to control the bear population is to use tactics that are no different, from a sporting perspective, than shooting a bear in a cage?
I would like to know the names of those biologists who claim that the only way to control the bear population is to use tactics that cast shame on the entire state. Are they truthfully saying that there is absolutely no other way to control the bear population – that no other state has solved this problem without compromising its integrity?
I don’t think that these biologists have earned my trust — I’m going to vote YES on proposition #1.