Augusta, ME: Maine Bear Protection Act Hearing, May 10, 2013 Cross Building, Room 206
We urgently need your help to protect Maine's bears! Maine is the only state in the country that still allows cruel bear trapping, where bears are first lured to snares with rotting food, and then left to suffer in these painful traps for hours before being shot at point-blank range. Maine also allows "hounding," using packs of trained dogs to chase a bear for hours until the terrified bear takes refuge in a tree. Then, the shooter, who is monitoring the dogs remotely with high-tech GPS gear, follows the signal to the bear and blasts the defenseless and exhausted animal right off the branch.
Thankfully, legislation known as the Maine Bear Protection Act (LD 1474) would end these inhumane and unsporting practices and would enact other important protections for bears, including a ban on the sale of their parts and felony-level penalties for repeat bear poachers.
The bill has been scheduled for a hearing before the Committee on Inland Fisheries and Wildlife at 10 a.m. on May 10, 2013, so we're asking people to arrive at 9:30 a.m.
Please RSVP today to attend this hearing. Together, we can end this horrific abuse of Maine's bears. Contact Katie Hansberry at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions.
Time: 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Address: Cross Building, Room 206 111 Seawall St. Augusta, ME 04330 United States
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