AR-News: (US-ak)Hunters defend bear baiting

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Sun Apr 4 14:43:01 EDT 2004


[from Fairbanks Daily News-Miner]

ANCHORAGE--Hunting groups have opened their campaign to discredit a ballot
measure facing Alaskans this fall that would ban bear baiting.

They accused sponsors of the ban of failing to register with the Alaska
Public Offices Commission. It's an attempt to conceal the identity of
individuals and groups bankrolling the effort, they say, and they suspect
Outside animal-welfare groups will be revealed.

Nonsense, say ban supporters, who believe baiting is unethical and unsafe
and that allegations of Outside influence are a tactic to deflect public
attention from the real issue. They note that the hunters have hired an
Oregon group to run their campaign.

The bear baiting measure will be decided in the Nov. 2 general election. 

full story:
http://www.news-miner.com/Stories/0,1413,113~7244~2062408,00.html

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