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Tuesday, 21 October 2014

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MFOA Urges "Yes on One" Vote Print E-mail

Yes on 1 Ad

"Yes on 1" campaign ad MFOA placed in the Portland Press Herald on 10/14/14. Cruelty is NOT a Maine tradition. Thank you to everyone who donated to help make this ad possible!

Sign Up Today to Help Protect Maine's Bears! Print E-mail


Dear MFOA Members and supporters,
Only six weeks left until voters take a stand to end inhumane bear hunting practices in Maine! We can win, but we are going to need all the help we can get. With Election Day fast approaching, the bears need your help to ensure that we are able to put an end to the cruel and unsporting practices of bear baiting, trapping and hounding.

Click here to read our latest Action Alert to find out how you can help protect Maine's Bears

MFOA Talking Points for the Bear Referendum Print E-mail

Opposition Strategy

  • The opposition's alarmist strategy worked well in the 2004 bear referendum. Again in 2014, the opposition determined early on that the best strategy was to scare voters. Scare them with talk of radical animal-rights extremists. Scare them with fear of exploding bear populations. Scare them with threats of the beginning of the end of all hunting. Scare them by releasing a self-serving doom and gloom economic report. Scare them with stories of dangerous bears in backyards.
Op-Ed by Robert J. Fisk: Bear Referendum 2014 Print E-mail
Maine Voices: Animal protection measures have fallen victim to an unholy alliance

Published: 9/20/14
Portland Press Herald

A short history of bear hunting and Maine’s hunting lobby provides a common thread for why voters face a second referendum to end baiting, hounding and trapping of Maine black bears.

To begin with, baiting of bears only began 40 years ago, so this is no Maine tradition. It was a way for primarily a few guides to make some money from mostly unskilled, lazy, out-of-state trophy hunters.
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