Maine Black Bear Hunting and Eating
"Bizarre Anti-Hunting Quotes"
Excerpts from their own websites
"Humane Society of the United States (HSUS)"
About their involvement in Maine:
"The HSUS and Maine Citizens for Fair Bear Hunting are joining forces to stop the cruel practice of bear baiting, hounding and trapping in Maine."
The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) wants to stop all hunting, not just hunting bear with bait and dogs.
But don’t take my word for it - their own words say they want to stop ALL hunting.
About Bow Hunting - They hate bow hunting, saying that bow hunters use:
"Brutally inhumane weapons such as the bow and arrow."
About Different Species (including ducks, game birds, rabbits, coyotes) - Which animal species will be next on the referendum list? Perhaps they will start with their own list of species that they believe do not need population control:
"The vast majority of species that are hunted—waterfowl, upland birds, mourning doves, squirrels, raccoons, rabbits, crows, coyotes, etc.—provide minimal sustenance and do not require population control."
About ALL Sport Hunting - Here it is, HSUS wants to stop ALL sport hunting, not just bear hunting:
"Sport hunting—the killing of wild animals as recreation—is fundamentally at odds with the values of a humane, just and caring society."
About their Plans and Strategy - Here’s what Wayne Pacelle, HSUS Senior Vice President, had to say:
"We are going to use the ballot box and the democratic process to stop all hunting in the United States… We will take it species by species until all hunting is stopped in California. Then we will take it state by state."
"We are dedicated to cruelty-free living through a vegetarian - vegan lifestyle"
On animals - "We feel pain just like you do. Please don't catch and eat us."
"Stop eating and wearing animal products."
"Both the human rights movement and the animal rights movement seek the same end -- a code of behavior that optimally benefits all members of the society. Like all rights movements, the animal rights movement asks that society broaden its definition of itself to include members previously excluded due their "inferior" status."
"CASH - Committee to Abolish Sport Hunting"
"STOP NEW YORK'S "RIGHT TO FISH" BILL! - Bill A. 2260 (introduced by Assemblyman Pete Grannis) the "right-to-fish" bill has passed in the Assembly and is now being considered by the Senate Environmental Conservation Committee. It is going through the Senate under its Assembly number. The bill allows "public fishing from a vessel on all waterways of the state that are navigable in fact or navigable in law." "
On fishing - "...If we allow anglers to have this legal right to fish, it may be harder to oppose any attempt by hunters to have a law granting them the right to hunt. We must oppose this bill."
"We do not think of animals in the wild as "meat," but rather feeling (sentient) beings who deserve to, and desire to, live out their lives."
"Like all hunting, hunting cougars with dogs is cruel and inhumane."
"A coalition of groups including The Humane Society of the United States, Maine Friends of Animals, the Fund for Animals and the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals have joined in a campaign to put a referendum on the ballot in November 2003 to ban bear baiting, hunting bears with dogs and the use of bear traps in Maine. To this end, the Humane Society of the United States and Maine Friends of Animals have formed a political action committee called Maine Citizens for Fair Bear Hunting."
Bob Fisk, founder and director of Maine Friends of Animals, assured people that the new coalition has no interest in an outright ban on the state's $12 million black bear hunt. "We're not against hunting," Fisk said. "We just think that these three cruel practices should be outlawed. Maine hunting as a tradition is being demeaned."
Bear baiting is the practice of luring a bear to a feeding station for several weeks so that a concealed hunter can shoot the feeding bear when hunting season opens.
Maine's bear population is estimated at 23,000. Last year, nearly 4,000 were killed during the fall season. Fewer than 100 were trapped, about 400 were killed by hunters using dogs, and perhaps a few hundred were killed by unaided hunters, but the vast majority- more than 3,000 animals –were shot over bait, according to Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife statistics.
Bear hunting is primarily a trophy hunt in which hunters often pay more than $1,000 to hire a guide. Only nine states permit baiting, and bear trapping is legal only in Maine.
Source: Bangor Daily News
The mission of C.A.S.H. - Committee to Abolish Sport Hunting - is to accomplish what its name says in the shortest possible time. Understanding that abolishing hunting entails a process, a series of steps taken and not a single action that would effect our goal overnight, a time frame cannot be established. We hope for building a succession of wins, and if not wins immediately then at least a succession of stirrings of consciousness. We hope to encourage those who are still silent to speak out, awakening community after community about the heavy hand of state and federal wildlife management agencies. We hope to alter whatever belief still exists that sport hunters are conservationists and champions of the environment to a realization that they are destroyers of wildlife and ecosystems in the narrow and broad sense. Where the natural feeling for wildlife doesn't exist, we strive to engender among citizens outrage that their own rights are violated by legal hunting and that their quality-of-life diminished.
On nuisance geese in Seattle - "I'm honking mad. I think it's a travesty to kill wildlife in this city. We have so few wild animals anymore, and the ones we have, we're killing them."
"Honor and Non-Violence for Animals"
On Bow-Hunting - "...a vicious way to kill that animal…It is horrifying to think of any living creature dying in such a slow, painful way…Bow hunting is barbaric entertainment."
On wounded deer - "…documented wounding rates that bow hunters inflict upon deer are appalling...Some of these wounded animals made their ways to roads where they were hit by cars."
Maine Friends of Animals
On hunting with dogs - "The dogs chase and tree the quarry, and the trophy hunter shoots the exhausted and frightened animal from a tree."
Humane Society of the United States (HSUS):
Maine Citizens for Fair Bear Hunting:
"All Creatures - "dedicated to cruelty-free living through a vegetarian/vegan lifestyle"
Michigan "Don't feed the bears:"
Against New Yorkers rights to go fishing:
Democratizing Wildlife Management in NJ:
Save the Geese:
Who are the domestic terrorists? and Weapons of Mass Animal Destruction:
Friends of Bears, Ontario Canada - "Murdered baby bear:
World population growth threatens wildlife - negative growth committee:
Save NJ Bears:
Download and print your own petition to stop bear hunting (NJ):
Animal Alliance of Canada:
Fund for Animals:
New Jersey Animal Rights Alliance:
Honor and Non-Violence for Animals:
Canadian Bear Alliance:
Websites to be added:
All Creatures Do go to Heaven
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