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Maine referendum campaign to limit bear hunting and trapping

A coalition calling itself Maine Citizens for "Fair" Bear Hunting has launched a ballot initiative in the state to the use of bait and dogs for bear hunting, and to halt the use of leghold traps for trapping bear. The Humane Society of the United States is a major supporter of the referendum.

Most people oppose these cruel practices. The 2001 National Survey of Fishing, Hunting, and Wildlife-Associated Recreation reported a 7% decline since the last survey in 1996. Yet a small number of powerful hunting guides and outfitters make tens of thousands of dollars every year by making bear killing fast and easy for their fee-paying clients from other states. Eighty percent of the bears taken each year are killed by out of state trophy hunters.

Peace and Justice for Animals is not for any sort of "sport" hunting, regardless of how "fair" it claims to be. As part of our support for the initiative to limit bear hunting and trapping, we will be launching a campaign to educate the public on the true nature of this so-called "sport."

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Maine Animal Coalition


War is not healthy for living beings!

The National Security Strategy explains the importance of the Middle East and Central Asia. Largely the work of National Security Advisor Condoleezza Rice, a former Chevron-Texaco executive after whom an oil tanker was named, the policy elaborates on the earlier National Energy Strategy, in which Vice President Cheney and his former colleagues in the oil industry called for drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR). In addition to drilling in ANWR, a goal of the new policy is to "expand the sources and types of global energy supplied, especially in the Western Hemisphere, Africa, Central Asia, and the Caspian region."

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Ten reasons why animal activists and peace activists should work together

  1. War and animal exploitation are two expressions of the same cultural orientation toward domination rather than cooperation.
  2. We believe that human and non-human animals deserve the same compassion and respect. We must care about the human children who will be terrified, killed, injured, displaced, and orphaned by war.
  3. Peace activists are compassionate people who might over time be convinced to extend their compassion to non-human animals.
  4. Wartime constraints on civil liberties have already and will continue to jeopardize our ability to work for animals.
  5. If we ever wish to gain the support of a critical mass of people, the animal liberation movement cannot afford to remain estranged from social justice movements.
  6. The United States military practices vivisection on a massive scale, testing conventional, chemical, biological, and nuclear weapons on animals.
  7. Military attacks on urban spaces terrify, kill, injure, displace, and bereave companion animals.
  8. Military attacks on rural locations terrify, kill, and bereave farmed animals.
  9. Bombs and biological weapons destroy habitats and poison the environment upon which all animals depend for sustenance.
  10. Bullets, bombs, and biological weapons don't distinguish between human and non-human animals.

Common Sentience

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Compassionate Living

All vertebrates, not just humans, are sentient beings, who can experience pleasure and pain. Here are some simple steps to take to help end widespread animal abuse and exploitation.


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