May 27, 2023

The Dark Side Opposing Maine’s Bear Hunting

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“It’s important to understand that this antibear hunting initiative does not come from Maine citizens. Not even remotely. Although a very small handful of Maine antis are involved, the initiative is entirely the effort of HSUS. Last March, working with a Washington, D.C. consultant, they created a website called “Mainers for Fair Bear Hunting.” Although a disclaimer on the site’s homepage reads, “Paid for with regulated funds by the committee of Mainers for Fair Bear Hunting, PO Box 15367, Portland, Maine,” in reality not one Maine person was involved. The campaign finance report reveals that in actuality, 99% of the funds came from HSUS. The site claims to have raised $85,000, but the report shows only $881 has been contributed by anyone other than HSUS.

This tactic of creating false sites, used by activists and corporations to create the illusion of grassroots support for their agenda, is sarcastically called “Astroturf” by the electronic community.”<<<Read More>>>