Proposed Ban on Canned Hunting

February 23, 2009 at 12:45 pm 4 comments

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…


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  • 1. Eric Nuse  |  February 27, 2009 at 9:45 pm

    I agree canned hunts are offensive and should be banned. But the primary reasons are not ethical. If you argue on ethical grounds before you know it you are all wound up over how big and enclosure, what species (only big game or how about birds) and the list goes on. I suggest the argument focus on disease, fencing in wild game, disrupting travel corridors, closing of hunter access, and privatization of wildlife. These are the arguments that banned any future captive hunt facilities in Vermont earlier this year.

  • 2. Mike  |  March 1, 2009 at 5:45 am

    Just passing by.Btw, you website have great content!

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  • 3. Linda Tyler  |  March 2, 2009 at 10:28 am

    I applaud Mike’s savvy about getting animal rights/protection issues passed in legislatures and I hope readers will use the link above to write Maine’s legislators and include those arguments. At the same time, I can’t help but be sad that we can’t argue animal–or any other–issues on an ethical level. Legislatures should oversee civil societies, and ethics form that base. I’m afraid that capitalism-gone-amok has led us pretty far away from anything that smacks of ethical and compassionate reasoning.
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  • 4. Mike Alfiero  |  March 3, 2009 at 6:34 pm

    Canned hunts are about one thing-GREED;The last time I checked there were plenty of hunting opportunities in Maine,N,S,E,&W during
    the year. Canned hunts take away from the general recreation, and
    supply industry. And it is CRUEL, this can be argued on so many fronts, I can’t believe that we have State legislatures actually supporting this non-sense, shame on them and anybody else that supports canned hunts.—— Oh, while were at it why not pen up a bunch Striped Bass off of Crescent Beach and charge 20.00 per hr.
    for some fishing.—-This state is better than this

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