Target: Maine Secretary of State Matt Dunlap
Goal: End cruel bear hunting practices by changing misleading wording in an upcoming ballot question
Maine is currently the only state in the country that still allows the cruel bear hunting practices of trapping, baiting and hounding. A ballot question banning these practices has been proposed, but its misleading wording will greatly hurt the chances of the measure being approved by voters.
In November, Maine voters will have the chance to show compassion to hunted bears by banning brutal hunting methods. However, the Maine Secretary of State’s office has used misleading wording for the ballot question that will lead many voters to believe the ballot seeks to ban bear hunting altogether. Using confusing and deceiving language in a ballot is an unscrupulous attempt to keep the proposed measure from being approved.
While bear hunting in itself is a tragic loss of innocent life, the majority of voters will probably vote against the ballot if they believe they are defending their right to continue hunting in general. Hunters, as well as the general public, would likely be much more receptive to banning specific cruel hunting practices rather than the entire sport itself.
It is the responsibility of the Secretary of State’s office to present proposed measures in a clear, understandable way so voters can make an accurate choice. Urge Secretary Dunlap to show compassion for hunted bears and immediately revise the ballot question before it is too late.
Dear Secretary Dunlap,
As you may know, Maine is currently the only state in the nation that still allows the brutal bear hunting practices of trapping, baiting and hounding. A ballot question banning these cruel practices has been proposed, but its confusing wording will reduce the chances of it being approved by voters.
The current wording of the ballot question will inaccurately lead voters to believe the ballot seeks to ban bear hunting altogether. If this misleading wording is kept, the majority of voters will probably vote against the ballot in order to protect their right to hunt. Voters will likely be much more open to considering the ballot if they fully understand that it only seeks to ban the specific practices of trapping, baiting and hounding.
Voters deserve the opportunity to fully understand every ballot question before being asking to make a decision. Further, the legislators who worked to propose the new measure, as well as the hunted bears who will be impacted by it, deserve a fair chance at having the ban approved. I strongly urge you to act before it is too late and immediately revise the wording of the ballot question so it is clear and understandable.
[Your Name Here]
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