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Tuesday, 30 August 2016

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MAINE LEGISLATIVE ALERT - 8/8/2016 Print E-mail

A rule proposal  is under consideration by the Maine Dept. of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife which, if passed, would extend both beaver trapping and bobcat hunting season.

There is no public hearing scheduled for this proposed change, but public comments are accepted through SEPTEMBER 2, 2016.

Comments concerning this proposed rule should be sent to the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife via:

Becky Orff,
Inland Fisheries and Wildlife,
284 State Street 41 SHS,
Augusta, ME 04333;
phone: 207-287-5202;
fax: 207-287-6395;
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Please speak out against this extension of the Beaver and Bobcat trapping/hunting seasons in Maine.

Link to the official announcement

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Testimony of Robert Fisk, Jr.: Proposed Rule Changes Impacting Captive Wildlife Print E-mail



President and Director, Maine Friends of Animals
Maine Inland Fisheries and Wildlife
June 7, 2016

Commissioner Woodcock:

This testimony is in favor of the proposed rule changes regarding the importation, possession, propagation, rehabilitation and exhibition of wildlife, but with some concerns and suggestions.Housing and caring for exotic and wild animals requires high levels of responsibility,knowledge, and accountability as well as ongoing financial resources.

2014 Bear referendum Op-Eds by Robert Fisk, Jr. Print E-mail

In 2004 Maine Friends of Animals partnered with The Humane Society of United States for a state referendum to ban the hunting of bears in Maine with the use of bait, hounds and traps. MFOA's President and Executive Director, Robert Fisk, Jr. spent two years on that effort and served as the director and spokesperson for the campaign. MFOA's Falmouth office served as campaign headquarters.

In the repeat referendum campaign of 2014, MFOA played a strong but lesser role as Fisk remained a valued contributor particularly in publishing informative Op-Eds in Maine's four main daily newspapers covering the main issues of the referendum.

9/20/14.  Portland Press Herald: Animal Protection measures have fallen victim to an unholy alliance

10/14/14. Bangor Daily News:  Bears are gentle, elusive. Claims that they’ll attack Mainers are unsupported


10/17/14. Kennebec Journal: Bear hunting in Maine is an ugly business involving extreme cruelty

10/22/14. Sun Journal:  Passage of Question 1 could have a positive economic impact

Time for Legislators to Examine the Cascade Fund! Print E-mail


Following legislation passed in 2003, 39% of slot machine revenue from Maine casinos is allocated to the state in a distribution framework often referred to as the "Cascade Fund." From 2005-2011, Hollywood Slots distributed $103.2 million of its profits, some to the Fund for a Healthy Maine, the University and community college system and even to the general fund, but over two-thirds of those profits went to the harness racing industry in various forms of support, despite the sport's precipitous decline in popularity and revenue. 

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