Just heard from ME Friends of Animals that there’s a hearing on “An Act To Ban the Hunting of Animals in Enclosed Areas” in Augusta at 9:30 am on March 4. Should canned hunting be part of the long heritage of hunting in Maine? Of course not. It’s cowardly and cruel. They’re asking for immediate help. You can easily express your support for the ban to the 13 members of the Committee on Agriculture, Conservation & Forestry by clicking this link. MFOA also asks that anyone who can attend the hearing do so, and you can contact MFOA if you want to carpool. Below are the points drawn from the MFOA email. Please see their page on this issue for more detailed info.
-“Canned hunting ranches” are privately owned lands that enclose non-native wildlife and charge fees for the “hunting” and killing of animals that have no chance of escaping–against ethical hunting practices
-There are no limits on the number of animals one person (often an out-of-state “trophy” hunter who does not use the meat and skin–also against ethical hunting practices) may kill, and most operations are open year round, Sundays, and during off-season when Maine law otherwise prohibits hunting. The current law does not require the ‘hunters’ to have a license, gun-handling experience, or minimum age.
-Inexperienced hunters increase the unlikelihood of a clean kill; numerous arrows or bullets are often shot into the body of the animal to protect the head as trophy, at times leaving the animal to bleed out where it tries to escape at a fence. This is a cruel blood sport that does well represent Maine.
-Respected hunting groups such as the Izaak Walton League and Boone and Crocket Club have publicly denounced ‘canned hunting as unethical, a threat to the image of hunting, and void of Maine’s hunting heritage and fair-chase traditions. Twenty-five states ban the practice.
Your comments, as always, are welcome…