Even after being defeated twice, the Humane Society announces plans to try again in Maine.
Back on November 4, 2014, Mainers voted to defeat the referendum that threatened to take away the most effective ways to hunt bear in the thick forests of the north woods. Relief was felt as the people of Maine said 'No' on Question 1 by a 53.6 to 46.3 percent vote.
Then again, that same relief was felt in 2004 when they voted on the exact same issue. Instead of taking 10 years, a new battle was announced just months after the November vote.
On February 24, 2015, the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) lawyers and the state of Maine were in court once again debating a defeated lawsuit that HSUS had brought against the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife. HSUS tried to stop Maine's wildlife experts from explaining the dangers of the bear ban to voters.
HSUS is challenging the Maine Superior Court decision and has advised the court that they plan to file paperwork soon to put the question on the ballot again in 2016.
"I guess we shouldn't be surprised that these guys will stop at nothing to pursue their radical, anti-hunting agenda," said Nick Pinizzotto, U.S. Sportsmen's Alliance (USSA) president and CEO, in a reponse. "They spent more than $2.5 million dollars trying to buy an election. When it was clear they were about to lose, they sued the state to prevent the true experts from explaining the dangers of the issue to voters. And now they are making it crystal clear that they do not respect the will of the voters - who have twice sent HSUS and their allies packing."
Preserving our hunting rights requires us to stay vigilant against those that choose to ignore the will of the people and the wildlife biologists. It's our job to insure the future of Maine's wild animals.
Anti-hunters have made it clear they are not giving up. Once lost, hunting privileges are hard if not impossible to regain.