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Wednesday, 01 October 2014

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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.
MFOA 2014 State Legislative Candidate Questionnaire Print E-mail
Every legislative session, MFOA sends out a questionnaire to all of the Maine legislative candidates to determine how "animal friendly" each candidate is.  Below is a copy the questionnaire sent out in July 2014.  Be sure to ask the candidates in your area their positions on the animal issues that are important to you.  Do not assume that your preferred candidate is the one that will support bills related to Maine's animals - ask questions, have conversations before voting, be sure before casting your vote.

MFOA 2014 State Legislative Candidate Questionnaire


1.  Each year about 1,500 horses are transported to and through Maine to slaughter in Quebec for human consumption in Europe. The entire process, including the slaughter auction, the method of transportation, the feedlots, the slaughter plants -- everything up to and especially their death -- is inhumane. Does an animal that has served mankind in so many ways, for so long, and so well deserve the fate of being slaughtered?  Would you support legislation to ban the transport of horses from and through Maine to slaughter in Canada and the building of any horse slaughter plant in Maine?                                                               

Yes ____ No ____

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