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FoA Releases Anti-Bear Hunt Ad; Targets CT Voters, Legislators

March 31, 2017 | bear hunt / connecticut / Hunting & Wildlife Management


Friends of Animals has released an ad today in Connecticut newspapers targeting voters and key legislators in the state about the urgent need to block a bear trophy hunt bill. Friends of Animals is not only appalled that S.B. No. 522, a desperate attempt for a bear trophy hunt in Connecticut, was voted out of the Environment Committee, but that the committee’s co-chair Sen. Ted Kennedy, who has said “hunting is barbaric,” flip flopped and supported the bill after speaking with the CT Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP), an agency that profits from hunting licenses.

“From our observation as an animal advocacy group who also represent Kennedy’s constituents, we have been ignored,” said Priscilla Feral, president of Friends of Animals. “To say you understand everything about Connecticut’s bear population after a conversation with a pro-hunting state agency doesn’t make sense. It’s beyond disappointing that he took the bait and sold out his constituents and bears.”

It is no coincidence that the CT Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) released an unscientific report about an increase in bear sightings (not conflicts) in Connecticut a week before state Sen. Craig Miner (R-30) introduced this bill, which would authorize the first bear trophy hunt since 1840. DEEP has a history of stimulating sympathy for a bear hunt as it would be a money maker for the agency. 

If the majority of non-hunters in Connecticut use their voices and contact their legislators, this blood-soaked, unjustifiable bill will not become law.

Instead of the shoot-first mentality of this legislation, what is needed is for DEEP to step up its education program about what to do when you encounter a black bear. Friends of Animals has observed a failure by DEEP to provide signage and education where the public might encounter bears such as nature preserves and forests where people hike.

If you live in Connecticut, please call and write your legislators in the House and Senate and tell them to vote against the bear hunt bill and that you want bears in Connecticut left alone. To find your state senators and representatives, use this online directory.


No absolutely not! Leave the bears alone!

This is so horrendous.....I have called and emailed all of the legislators on this, to vote against this insane bill !!! This all occurred when we invaded nature's land....How many more darn dollar stores, casinos, or homes, that people can't afford, are we going to need or build??? One of the few beauties left in this world is nature, leave these bears alone !!!!!!

This is morally wrong

Totally against bill. Leave the bears alone.

This is one of the worst things I've heard of!
I don't understand the need to kill these beautiful creatures.

Can't we protect them?

Leave the bears alone! They justvwant to live peacefully.

No animal should ever lose her life to be someones trophy. Disgusting.

End bear hunts

This is horrific! Who would do this!


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