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Bear Hunting In Today’s Maine Is A Very Ugly Activity - Lewiston Sun Journal Op-Ed July 11, 2004
Written by Robert Fisk, Jr.   
Tuesday, 05 April 2005
Mainers have a reputation of being knowledgeable voters and independent thinkers. By Election Day in November, we believe most Maine voters will be well-informed as to the issues involved in the referendum to end the hunting of Maine’s black bears with the use of bait, hounds and traps, which are inhumane, unsportsmanlike and unnecessary.  We firmly believe that the more the public understands the issues surrounding these methods of hunting, the more they will see that this is bad public policy and not the hunting image Maine wants.
Maine Friends of Animals Offers Reward in Parkman Poisonings
Written by Robert Fisk   
Tuesday, 25 January 2011

Maine Friends of Animals Offers Reward in Parkman Poisonings

In response to the recently reported rash of suspected poisonings of cats and dogs in the Parkman area of the state, Maine Friends of Animals (MFOA) is offering a $500 reward for the arrest and conviction of those individuals responsible.

As reported in the Bangor Daily News on January 10, the suspicious death of a dog and the sickening of other dogs and cats in the area has animal guardians on alert.

June 8th Primary
Written by Robert Fisk   
Sunday, 30 May 2010

I am sure many of you have not had the time to get deeply engaged in the upcoming primary (June 8th) for Governor. But I would like to pass along the following for your consideration. 
I have known or recently met most the 7 Republican candidates and 4 Democratic candidates for Governor and to some degree followed their positions on issues, particularly as they might involve or affect animals. MFOA was a two day exhibitor (tabler) at both the Republican Convention in Portland and the Democratic Convention in Lewiston this past month. They are great opportunities to have a presence and for face to face time with the who's who of Maine politics.
This is not an MFOA endorsement, but simply my observation in who I believe are the two most animal-friendly candidates in both races:  Peter Mills for the Republicans and Steven Rowe for the Democrats. What makes this doubly appealing is they both are arguably the best candidates as well. I served with both in the state legislature and know first hand that they are very capable and respected on both sides of the aisle.
Politics may not be high on your radar screen just yet, but having an animal-friendly Governor in Augusta is worth the effort to vote and get others to do so also. If you are a registered Democrat I hope you will consider voting for Steven Rowe and if you are a registered Republican I urge you to vote for Peter Mills on or before June 8th. Please get others to do the same. Primaries are notorious for low turn-outs so every vote really counts. If you are registered as Unaffiliated voter you can register as a Republican or Democrat now or even on Election Day (June 8th) and vote, and shortly after return to being an 'Unaffiliated' (independent) registered voter if you choose to.   
"Love animals. Hate politics. Where does that leave the animals." 
Thank you for what you do for Maine's companion, farm and wild animals,
Robert Fisk, Jr.
Maine Friends of Animals

Bob Fisk at the Republican Convention 
MFOA Director, Bob Fisk at the Republican Convention 2010Patti Richards at the Democratic Convention
MFOA Board Member, Patti Richards, at the Democratic Convention 2010

Norma Worley Leaving the AWP
Written by MFOA   
Wednesday, 09 February 2011

Almost a decade ago public outcry forced not only the firing of the state Animal Welfare Program Director, but also providing legislation revising how the state handled animal welfare. One result was the formation of the Animal Welfare Advisory Committee and another was the hiring of Norma Worley as the new director. The challenges were great and for the last eight years she has transformed the AWP in an exemplary manner many thought not possible.

The list of accomplishments in moving the AWP into the 21st century are too numerous to list in this space. It has resulted in saving countless animals from abuse, neglect and cruelty and vastly improved animal welfare in the state, even while being underfunded and understaffed.

Norma will be missed and we wish her well in her new endeavors.

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