Target: Chellie M. Pingree, U.S. Representative for Maine District 1
Goal: Prevent cruel bear hunting in Maine and protect residents’ right to speak out about these inhumane practices
The state of Maine harbors some of the cruelest methods of hunting bears anywhere in the world. Hunters in the state favor a hunting method known as hounding, where a pack of dogs harasses a bear for miles until the exhausted bear seeks refuge in a tree. The hunters use GPS devices to track the dogs and shoot the bear off of the tree branch it is clinging onto. Dog-bear fights often ensue, resulting in the death of one or more of the animals, which are simply pawns in the hunting game.
Not only are the bears in Maine treated inhumanely, but the hunting dogs as well. Maine animal shelters have reported an increased number of bear hounds being dumped at their doors, after being subjected to improper veterinary care and nutrition. The Humane Society of the United States proposed a legislative act that would stop inhumane and unsporting methods of bear hunting. Since the legislature has failed to act, it is now up to the voters to decide the fate of the bear species.
Sign the below petition to urge the government in Maine to reject voter suppression legislation that would keep the cruelty of bear hounding and baiting out of the public eye. We must protect our right to freedom of speech while also protecting the bear species from senseless destruction.
Dear Representative Pingree,
Maine has earned a terrible reputation for animal cruelty, especially when it comes to bear hounding and bear baiting. If the people of Maine knew what was happening in the woods behind their backyards, they would be horrified. However, legislation is pending that would silence the environmental groups and perpetuate the cruel practices towards bears and hunting dogs in the state.
There is no reason that bears, most of which pose no threat to humans, should suffer painful and excruciating deaths at the hands of ruthless hunters. Not only are bears being killed for no purpose, but hunting dogs are being mistreated and tossed aside like a piece of equipment.
I am urging you to vote against all legislation that suppresses the voters’ right to publicize information about the inhumane treatment of animals in Maine. As the public becomes more aware about how animals are being treated, the pressure upon hunters to correct their cruel ways will increase. Thank you for protecting the rights of your constituents and the lives of the animal species in your state.
[Your Name Here]
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