The following Op-Ed appeared in the 11/20/15 Baltimore Sun:
End the senseless trophy killing of Md. black bears
For the 12th year in a row, your state Department of Natural Resources (DNR) enthusiastically supported the trophy killing of black of bears in Western Maryland for those among the 2 percent of Marylanders who hunt for sport.
DNR allowed the hunt even though the majority of Marylanders are opposed to such efforts, favoring non-lethal wildlife management alternatives.Read the rest of: Baltimore Sun Op-Ed: End the senseless trophy killing of Md. black bears
Make Possession of Animal Fighting Paraphernalia Illegal in Maryland and Close the Loophole in Our Dogfighting law.
Dogfighting is cruelty on an extreme scale and brings organized crime, guns, and drug dealing to our neighborhoods. Animal fighting is a brutal contest in which two animals are put in a pit to fight to the death or near-death of one of the animals. In some instances, one of the animals may be a bait dog, cat, or other animal. Dogfighting is violent, sadistic, and illegal.
Animal fighters use specialized equipment to ready animals for fighting and to stage the illegal fights. Dogfighters use contraptions on the animals such as rape stands to forcibly impregnate dogs, cat mills where smaller live animals are used as practice prey, and treadmills for training with heavy weights around the animal’s neck and body. Although dog fighting is a felony in all 50 states, possessing dog fighting equipment for illegal fighting is not a crime in Maryland.
This is a serious loophole in Maryland's law. Maryland needs to rid our communities of dogfighting, and outlawing possession of animal fighting paraphernalia is critically important to this effort.Read the rest of: Dog Fighting, A Compassionate Conversation
On Monday (10/26/15), Maryland’s Department of Natural Resources (DNR) once again allowed Maryland’s black bears to be trophy hunted. There are no quotas on the total number of bears the hunters can kill.
Even the baby bears, called cubs, are legal. Some killed in the past were under 6 months old.
Children can hunt too, wielding high-powered rifles as weapons assuming they have the proper licenses. Five year olds have passed the necessary Maryland “Hunter Education Requirements.” In addition, hunters may use bows and arrows as killing instruments: A practice requiring them to hit the bear with an arrow, then wait and track it after it suffers from its wound while "bleeding out", assuming the hunter can even find the bear at all after it runs away hurt.
DNR has ignored the wishes of the majority of Marylanders, who oppose bear hunting (according a survey conducted by Gonzales Research and Marketing Strategies). DNR has also refused a $75,000 offer from HSUS to pay farmers for alleged crop damage caused by black bears in return for not opening bear hunting season at all.
DNR has yet to produce any scientific evidence supporting a need for holding these generalized bear hunts. Instead, virtually all of the written documentation points to requests by hunting lobby groups asking DNR for a bear hunting season.
Bear hunting in Maryland represents a classic example of how the less than 2% of Marylanders who hunt, have a stranglehold on our statewide elected politicians, and our DNR policies and philosophy about wildlife management in our state. Time for change is long overdue.Read the rest of: Maryland Black Bear Trophy Killing Starts Monday!
Maryland Votes For Animals (MVFA) is gearing up for the 2015 legislative session, which starts in just a few short weeks. After the huge success for animals in the November election, we are working hard on animal protection bills for the upcoming session. Your participation in legislative action for animals is critically important! Together we will stand and make our voices heard - giving a voice to those who cannot speak for themselves.
In this MVFA Update you will find information on:
- Election results for MVFA endorsed candidates;
- Info on Voices for Animals lobby day on January 28th;
- Spay/Neuter program funding news;
- Info about new MVFA Board appointments
MVFA November Election Results - BIG WIN for Animals!