Katharine Dokken, Author.

Maine Bear Committee Infiltrated by Animal Rights Extremists

By Katharine Dokken - June 2016.

At left: Katharine with renowned tiger trainer Carlos Quinones, Mindy Patterson, President of The Cavalry Group, and exotic animal trainer Doug Terranova at the USDA Headquarters, Washington, DC, 2016.

Animal rights extremists have long targeted hunters nationwide and in particular, Maine's black bear programs. Recently the Maine Supreme Court ruled against the vegan extremists of the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) in yet another one of their numerous lawsuits nationwide over hunting and other animal activities. Extremists calling themselves "hunting reform groups" have tried to stop bear hunting nationwide just as we are overrun with bears threatening our very lives. In an animal rights world, bears frolic, dance in tutus and sing songs. In reality these dangerous predators have overrun areas of this nation and are attacking people in their own yards. In Maine, a group called Mainers for Fair Bear Hunting, an HSUS front group, have lobbied against bear hunting and in 2014 Maine voters sent them packing yet again. Instead of accepting the will of the people, the bear huggers sued to ram their ideas down our throats.

"There is no doubt in my mind that they knew where the polling stood, and were simply grasping at every last straw in their attempt to foist their radical Washington D.C. values on the good people of Maine," said Heusinkveld. "They see the wildlife management professionals at the department as a distinct threat to their agenda, instead of the responsible fact-driven professionals that they are. I'm glad that the state's Supreme Judicial Court has sided once again with the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife and sportsmen and women in Maine." Evan Heusinkveld, Sportmen's Alliance Foundation.

Mainers for Fair Bear Hunting, which is an HSUS shiny object, campaigned against bear hunting in Maine in 2014 and lost for the second time in a decade after hunters and their supporters all across America banded together to help Maine residents defend themselves against out of town ideologues. "This is not a bear-hunting issue. This is a hunting issue," said Dan Dessecker, national director of conservation policy with the Ruffed Grouse Society in Wisconsin. "(The Humane Society) will pick their targets carefully but continue to attack hunting. That is the ultimate goal, and it's not to the benefit of wildlife." In their attempts to outlaw common forms of hunting, HSUS poured money into the state to sway voters over to their extremist agenda.

"The proponents of the ban received 97 percent of their donations from the Humane Society of the United States, based in Washington, D.C., leading opponents to view Maine as a political battleground over hunting traditions."

HSUS poured money into the state and still lost. When HSUS fails to win public opinion and in the courts, they resort to a tried and true method, simply take over bureaucracies by infiltrating and placing their agents within just as HSUS CEO Wayne Pacelle threatened in 2014.

"We will be back," said the CEO of the Humane Society of the United States, the Washington, D.C.-based animal rights group that poured $2 million into the campaign backing Question 1 on Tuesday's statewide ballot.

Proof of Pacelle's statement is the announcement that Katie Hansberry, head of the Maine division of HSUS and the campaign director for the Mainers for Fair Bear Hunting has been appointed to sit on a black bear management committee. A woman who has absolutely no education or knowledge of black bears who has campaigned against them is now going to be making public policy affecting Maine taxpayers. As one commenter noted, Hansberry's appointment is like putting a vegan in charge of a butcher shop. Or in this case, a vegan mandating bear policies. Hansberry, a blonde rail thin former Boston lawyer who moved to Maine just four years ago, thinks she has the right to run the lives of Maine residents.

"Bears are shot while feasting on rotting doughnuts and pizza." Katie Hansberry.

Yet in 2013, the Maine Commission on Governmental Ethics and Election Practices fined Hansberry for failing to report her HSUS lobbying activities to the state. When challenged, she claimed she just didn't know what the law was. Fine words for a lawyer. Fine words for the Maine director of America's largest animal rights lobbyist group in this nation. HSUS spends a huge chunk of their money lobbying against animal owners nationwide yet we are supposed to believe one of their lobbyists didn't know the laws on lobbying?

With numerous lawyers on its payroll, Trahan said its difficult to believe that HSUS was unaware of Maine's lobbying disclosure laws. He said he suspects Hansberry's failure to file lobbying disclosures was an intentional effort to fly under the radar following national criticism that the group, which operates as a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) non-profit, is too political.

In May of 2010, U.S. Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer (R-Mo.) sent a letter to Lois G. Lerner, the now-infamous Director of Exempt Organizations for the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), expressing concerns over HSUS's non-profit status. Lerner has recently resigned from the IRS following the shocking revelation that her department targeted conservative tea-party groups with heightened scrutiny.

While the investigation into Lois Lerner, also an HSUS supporter has spun in its tracks and gone nowhere over the past six years, HSUS continues to place their activists in government positions of power. Hansberry, an urban products liability lawyer, not a wildlife biologist, who in the past has claimed that Maine hunters engage in "cruel and unsporting practices" and that Maine hunters are some of the cruelest in this nation, is now on a committee that controls what rural residents and hunters do. A woman who thinks that "rotting doughnuts" are used to hunt animals. Really? What self-respecting American would let a scrumptious doughnut rot? Only an urban vegan lawyer would think something so ridiculous.

"What was once a fish and game department will be an animal welfare and protection agency that doesn't have a damned clue how to go about dealing with rabies, mange, winter ticks, extirpation, starvation, disease, viruses, or predator attacks on humans - that's how Mother Nature does it." Tom Remington, Author.

Does Maine really need another cutesy vegan lawyer determining animal policy? Maine taxpayers need to demand accountability of their government officials, find out just how Hansberry received this appointment, and have her removed from this committee. Vegans have no place in determining animal policy.