Stop Bear Hunting Cruelty in the Northeast

Bear hunting

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.

PETITION LETTER:

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.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo credit: Cowgirl Jules via Flickr

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67 Comments

  1. Maria Antonia says:

    GENTE,ESTAMOS NO SECULO 21,NAO NA IDADE MEDIA,PARA QUE TANTA CRUELDADE?SERA FALTA DE CONCIENCIA OU ESPIRITOS ATRASADOS SE MANIFESTANDO,E HORA DE PARAR!!!

  2. Unless people stop killing innocent animals in the wild, there will be not wild left. Forget What are we leaving our children, but we are bringing our extinction by ourselves. Humans’ biggest problem is not learning by their mistakes, and even if they realize it, seldom they correct their mistakes. It’s never late to correct a mistake, and the right time is “Now”…. seriously. Put an End to it and make friends with wild, it feels REALLY GOOD. Try it.

  3. basta de estoooo por favorrrr!

  4. Excuse me! My father is a hunter! He is an amazing man who just so happens to enjoy hunting! I personally do not. But who are all you to judge EVERYONE?!? You don’t know all hunters so you can’t place them all in the same group! How extremely small minded and plain RUDE. People make me sick. You think you’re better than anyone else? Like you have no flaws right? Some people enjoy hunting. Some don’t. But who the hell are you to MAKE someone stop doing what they enjoy? My father hunts and does so completely legality! If its a legal hunt keep your beliefs to your damn shelf. I don’t like hunting but I don’t insult or judge anyone who does.

    • That, was the most pathetic statement I have ever heard!
      So please, by all means,ask your dad, if he likes hunting humans,too !

    • Isabel Audagnotti says:

      You make me sick and you are the one that’s pathetic. Everything in the Universe has been created by GOD, and nobody has the right to destroy what HE has created. I wonder how would you feel if we put your dad or even yourelf in the wild and start hunting you down. Hunters are like bullys, can’t do anything without the RIFLE! Thought for you, your dad and all the other abusers being animal etc ~ KARMA IS A BITCH!!!!

    • Christine Harle says:

      Dear Jessica
      I respect your defence of your father’s choice to hunt. Since you choose not to do the same, you probably know why feelings run high on the other side of the argument.
      Best wishes to you.

    • No, your father is not an amazing hunter, he is a killer who enjoy killing, so if your father collect all different wild animal heads for his trophy. I would be an amazing hunter to kill your father and put his head on the wall for my trophy. How do u feel??

    • Jessica, think about it, your Dad is not an amazing hunter, it doesn’t matter if he act or play in the sport because he acts to kill as being a tyrant killer. So, we can play in any sports like baseball, golf, football, etc, instead of killing animals, it’s so tragic. Anybody who enjoy killing animals for fun, that is improper, not normal.

    • Do hunters eat their kills? Yes. But do hunters hunt for food? No! They hunt for the thrill of the kill. They receive a rush. A super-shot of adrenaline. It’s bloodlust and dominance. It’s arrogance and selfishness. It’s hatred and brutality. It’s dishonor and viciousness. It’s murder and it’s obscene. You father is neither an amazing man, nor is he a hunter, real hunters don’t use guns to kill their prey, only cowards and monsters do that, stop kidding yourself on child, your father is a selfish rotten inside liar. No decent person ‘enjoys killing innocent animals who are just trying to survive in their own god given habitat.. really! The only excuse to kill and eat animals would be a pure survival scenario. But this scenario is rare. Inuit living in an icy environment comes to mind.. Habit, tradition, convenience or taste are invalid, barbaric reasons to harm animals. MURDERING and COMMODIFYING animals are crimes. Murder is murder whether victims stand upright, walk on all fours, have fur, feathers, horns, beaks or gills. Self-defense or vicarious self-defense (defending others who cannot defend themselves) are the only justifications for murder. Commodification is when humans turn animals into inanimate objects and can’t see them for anything else. Pythagoras. “As long as humanity continues to be the ruthless destroyer of other beings, we will never know health or peace. For as long as people massacre animals, they will kill each other. Indeed those who sow the seed of murder and pain will never reap joy and love.”

      Now, contrary to the rosy picture hunters always paint about themselves—the noble hunter, the honest hunter, the caring hunter, the concerned hunter—let’s run down a quick list of noble hunting adages:

      Shoot more and shoot more often, I’m a gut-pile addict, whack ’em and stack ’em, live to hunt/hunt to live and kill on.
      And how about this comment from Ted Nugent, the world’s most outspoken animal-killer and just about every hunter’s hero: “I contribute to the dead of winter and the moans of silence, blood trails are music to my ears. I’m a gut-pile addict. The pig didn’t know I was there. It’s my kick. I love shafting animals. It’s rock ‘n’ roll power” . (World Bowhunter’s Magazine, Volume 1, Number 4, May 1990, page 12)”

  5. deborah borrwgo says:

    All the hunters look feminine! Using dogs, bate and traps to kill a bear is not hunting; these bears are given over to these fearful girls! Put a ban on all wildlife killings; it’s a cheap thrill.

  6. MICHAEL SHAPIRO says:

    THEY ARE ALL COWARDS!!!!!!!!!!!!

  7. You people are idiots mind your own bussiness and let people hunt its the way the world works always has always will

    • cheyenne bradley says:

      oh ok there has always been rape, child molestation, genital mutilation, women oppression – oh well, that’s how the world works, right? When you point the finger at those who care about animals and their right to life calling us idiots, three fingers are pointing back to you – so who is the idiot here really?

  8. PERSONS FEELS HAPPY TO KILL A BEAR MUST HAVE A GREAT DAMAGE – NOT ONLY IN THEIR HEAD – THEY ARE MURDERED BEASTS AND MONSTERS, NOT ABLE TO STAY WITHIN CIVILIZED SOCIETIES. THEY SHOULD BE KILLED AS WELL!

    “While we ourselves are the living graves of murdered beasts, how can we expect any ideal positions on this earth?”
    George Bernhard Shaw

    HAVE YOU ALL LOST YOUR HUMANITY AND BRAIN, FERAL PERSONS RESPONSIBLE??

    People need to vote unacting authorities and officials acting irresponsibly to future generations and living creatures out of occupations ONCE AND FOR ALL!

    DEFORMED INHUMANE MONSTERS SHOULD LOCK SEPARATED AWAY FROM CIVILIZED CITIZENS FOR DON´T DISTURB THEIR FEELINGS IN AN INHUMANE WAY!

    MONSTER HUNTERS NEEDED

    IT IS TIME N O W TO DEMAND ALL BRUTALIZERS and KILLERS ONTO A LIST TO CONDEMN THEM TO EXTRA CHARGE FOR NGO´S working for FUTURE GENERATIONS!

    THESE KILLING- AND DESTROYING-HABITS ARE TO STOP – UNBEARABLY FOR CIVILIZED SOCIETIES.

    MONSTERS should not have the right to live together with human beings

    RESPONSIBLES DO NOT HAVE TO RIGHT TO BE CALLED “HUMAN” – THIS
    CONSTITUTE A DELIBERATE INSULT FOR ALL OTHER HUMAN BEINGS.

    I WISH ALL KILLERS, ABUSERS – ASSHOLES, A VIRUS WHICH CLEAR THEM AWAY AS SOON AS POSSIBLE!

    DEMAND ALL INITIATORS ACTING IRRESPONSIBLY TO PAY REDEMPTION TO FUTURE GENERATIONS !

  9. cheyenne bradley says:

    Anybody who hunts is a psychopath. We do not have the right to kill sentient beings. You enjoy killing? That by definition is psychopathy.

  10. Elke Bongers says:

    Schämt Euch Menschen!!!

  11. Gary Gervais says:

    Sign and share

  12. There’s nothing wrong with hunting if there wasn’t hunting we’d have so many animals we would have no place to live or shop nothing. So I love animals yo death I hate animal abusers like in this story they are sick gor foing what they do. I happen to have been born in Illinois but moved before I was 9 TO Colorado lots of hunters there my dad would take us hunting with him so we could eat at that time or we would have starved to death literally. . As I was growing up my dad had a bunch of police officers as friends he’d go target shooting with these cop friends . I loved spending that time with my dad and we always ate what we hunted it wasn’t for sport it was a need. My dad took care of us well. Growing up I didn’t keep caring yo go with my dad and his friends. I’ll regret that when he’s no longer here I’m sure but I now live in wyoming. I’m almost 50 my husband works full time but we usually don’t have enough money for all our bills and keeping up with our granddaughter were raising. So in have 3 dogs and 2 cats. At 1 point we had 5 dogs and 2 cats . I love animals. However since my husband hunts now to keep us fed are you saying my husband is horrible because he’s trying to feed his family .I’m disabled I no longer can work to help pay bills. So without knowing us and our situation people judge us poorly and dont think we love animals because we need to eat. I really find that pretty sad when a animal is more important than human life. Out here in the west it’s a way of life most of us in the Midwest and west grew up hunting snd are very respectful of Animals. But when it comes time yo eat or fie there’s not even a choice. They’re shouldn’t be for you either I wouldn’t hold it against you if roles were reversed. Wed never have a hand in what’s going on there it makes my stomach turn reading that story but please understand not all hunters are that way. Just the asses that want to feel good not hunters big big difference. Hunters hunt for food to feed their families. Dick heads do this sick crap and they should be prosecuted. All I’m saying is we on both sides of this should be more tolerant of each other if I csn see both sides I’m sure I’m not alone…thank you gor listening

  13. Jessica ur a fool.. Hunters hunt ur bears with ur hands and not a pathetic weapon…man up…then it’s fair..but u leave food and make the bears come and sit under ur girly high up thrones as ur too scared…that’s not manly whatsoever..that’s totally wimpy.

  14. FABIANO GERARD says:

    PETITION SIGNER & PARTAGER SIGNED & SHARED FRIMA

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