In 2011, I became a member of the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. I believed my donations would help stop abuse of domestic animals, as the commercial on TV portrays. Recently, I discovered a percentage of my donations are also applied to another cause ASPCA endorses. This cause is anti-hunting.
ASPCA endorses laws to stop hunting of bear, moose, coyotes, etc. This is not what I expected my donation to support. I support structured hunting 100 percent. Without it, animal control would be out of control. The bear referendum currently on the table is endorsed by ASPCA.
Wildlife is prevalent in Maine. To cease hunting would only allow wildlife to outrageously populate. Competition between the animals for food would no doubt be deadly for some.
Perhaps they would search for food in people’s backyard since food would be scarce in the woods. Maybe property taxes would increase to cover the cost of state officials having to remove wildlife from yards. Would people be comfortable allowing their children to play outside?
Also affected by the anti-hunting lobbyists are our youth who aspire to become future game wardens.
The Aroostook County Conservation Association used to sponsor our youths’ tuition for “ Warden Camp” at Bryant Pond. Because of the funds needed to work against the anti-hunting lobbyists, ACCA is not able to support the same level of sponsorship this year. The money is being donated to the Maine Wildlife Conservation Council in hopes of defeating the current bear referendum efforts.
Mainers need to stand up for hunting rights. Our safety and heritage depend on it.