February 8, 2023

Lying To Promote an Agenda

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In a piece of garbage writing on the International Fund for Animal Welfare‘s (IFAW) website, the author spews out countless lies in order to promote a perverse agenda of animal protection and worship. A quote from the article reads, “Clearly, there is no ethical justification for the brutal practices of bear trapping, hounding, and baiting.”

Let me create an equal quote of my own: Clearly, there is no ethical justification to lie and mislead the public in order to end bear trapping, hounding, and baiting.”

And this is only one of the many problems with citizens’ initiatives, and the like. From both sides we get lies, rhetoric and propaganda. It then becomes a matter of who has the most money to brainwash more of the masses with their campaign of lies to win the battle – a case of money talks and garbage walks.

The author attempts to play on the emotions of readers, as I’m sure that all readers of this garbage are non thinking, emotional, animal worshipers, by stating that the University of Maine uses the black bear as a mascot. If fails to enter the mind of this person that when schools, such as the University of Maine, at least back in 1914, decided to make the black bear it’s mascot, wasn’t because it was a cute and cuddly animal that students should take to bed with them each night. The black bear was chosen as a symbol of strength and power, something it was hoped would represent the sports teams and determination of each student to prevail in their endeavors.

Schools all across this country chose mascots for similar reasons and many of those mascots are hunted and trapped.

The lying mostly begins when the author attempts to point out what she believes to be facts about the three methods of bear hunting, her group wants to ban. First, baiting. I find it laughable that people consider baiting bears with all sorts of “unnatural” foods, as the author wants to call it, a poor diet for the bear and yet one has to ask what humans eat?

Baiting of bears is a useful tool to manage bear population numbers. Hunting bears with the misleading title of “spot and stalk”, is difficult at best and success rates are dismally low. While it’s emotionally charging to think of a bear, which often is confused with being a member of the swine family, as somehow being abused by being fed junk food, take a look in the mirror.

The other play on emotions comes from trying to describe the killing of the bear over the bait pile as, “shot at close range while her head is buried in the piles of bait.” And why is the bear a “her?” Seldom are bear wounded and run off when shot over a bait pile. The majority of the time the kill is instantaneous and ethical.

Second, is the topic of trapping. The author wrongly states that snares used for bear trapping are, “The more a snared bear struggles, the more extensive its injuries.” The reason these new snares are used is in order to not injure the animals. Wildlife managers use these snares in their studies nationwide. Maine has one of the best black bear programs in this country. In order to make this possible, officials set snares, and yes, they lure them into the snare with “bait”, collar the bears with tracking devices and release them unharmed. Bear trappers don’t kill every bear that gets in their snare. They can release any bear unharmed at any time.

Third, is hounding, a time-honored tradition that pits one animal against another. I wonder if the IFAW considers wolves and coyotes chasing bears, and many other animals, for miles to take them down and eat them alive, a humane thing to do? Again, once it is determined that the bear will be killed, “close range” is the most ethical and humane way to dispatch an animal.

Maine has arguably one of the best black bear management programs. That program provides these three means of hunting bears as a necessary part of population management and yet, even with all these methods available, the bear population continues to grow to a point Maine has the largest population of bears, perhaps ever recorded. The problem already exists in what the state is going to do to encourage more harvesting of bears. Taking away these methods is irresponsible and will pose a myriad of problems, including public safety and the health of the bears.