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Friday, 17 August 2018

MFOA Press
Another chance to stop brutality
Written by Robert Fisk   
Tuesday, 08 May 2007

Once again bear-hunting practices will come under review, with a public hearing on Tuesday at the Augusta Civic Center regarding a bill to end bear trapping in Maine. Many at that hearing will speak of the agony of this intelligent animal frightened by its inability to escape, vainly struggling in a barbaric device that only Maine allows.

The Sportsman's Alliance of Maine (SAM) and the Maine Trappers Association (MTA) will again lead the opposition to this bill, and herein lies the real issue. Those two organizations form as conservative and inflexible a hunting lobby as there is in this country, as exemplified by the fact that every state has outlawed bear trapping but one -- Maine. I suggest Maine sportsmen take a look at the politics of these extreme positions.

Animal Protection Advocates to Demonstrate Against Ringling Brothers Circus and Its Use of Elephants
Written by MFOA   
Friday, 13 October 2006

(Falmouth) ….. Maine animal protection advocates will continue its protest of circuses with captive wildlife. Maine Friends of Animals (MFOA) will demonstrate against the Ringling Brothers Circus that will be in Portland October 12-15. The group has long contended that the use of elephants in circuses is extremely cruel, and they want circuses with wild animals banned in Maine.

Ten ideas on bear hounding, trapping
Written by Robert Fisk   
Saturday, 04 February 2006
Wednesday, February 01, 2006 - Bangor Daily News

The fallout of the close election to ban the hunting of bears with bait, hounds and traps was the submittal of eight different bear bills to the legislature last year. The Committee on Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, instead of addressing them, directed the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife to seriously review all bear- hunting practices while involving all the stakeholders. This "bear working group" has been meeting since early October. The DIF&W will consider suggestions from this advisory group and make its report to the committee this legislative session.

Whatever you make of the bear referendum and its results, one unquestionable result is that bear hunting in this state will never be viewed the same. The public awareness that came from the referendum changed all that. It is far more difficult for intransigent positions to survive among the increased public awareness and a changing political environment. If the Department's report is essentially a whitewash or status quo document that has no meaningful changes, then those who went into this process open-minded will be hardened like never before.
Bear Referendum Advocates Decry Department Bear Report
Written by Robert Fisk   
Wednesday, 08 March 2006
February 28, 2006

CONTACT: Robert Fisk, Jr.


(Falmouth) …… The state animal protection organization that spearheaded the bear referendum to end the hunting of bears with the use of bait, hounds and traps today called a legislative report on bear hunting practices by the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife (DIF&W) “unfortunately a whitewash document that is only going to harden sides.” The fall out of the bear referendum was that eight bear bills were submitted before the legislature in 2005 and the Committee of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife directed the DIF&W to instead seriously review all bear hunting practices in Maine while involving all the stakeholders. A “bear working group” was formed by the Department.
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