I’ve never seen myself as a political person. When I heard that our state is the very last one to still allow bear trapping, hounding, and baiting, I felt a lot of embarrassment. This is not “the way life should be.”

These practices are truly unnecessary and cruel. I’m speaking up to support a yes vote on Question 1 and to tell my fellow Mainers how much I want to see cruelty banned and fair chase restored.

Last year, my friends and I began volunteering for this cause, gathering signatures for the ballot. It was a really energizing and rewarding experience. Please vote yes on Question 1.

Susan Baker-Kaplan