Two bills to ban bear hounding and trapping drew a small crowd to the Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Committee hearing room today – and some of the testimony was terribly ugly.
Sally Smyth of Camden asked IFW Committee members to “think of the long male tradition of trying to keep women from voting, working, or obtaining an education – these ‘traditions’ are now outdated and those who profess them not just ‘politically incorrect” but simply deliberately ignorant. Think of slavery, that southern ‘tradition’… so fiercely defended.”
That offended many of the members of the IFW Committee, and they responded, politely, but strongly.
Smyth attacked the Sportsman’s Alliance of Maine stating, “They expect their hunting camps to stay in business when their traditions are out of date. They want to represent ‘Mainers’ when their practices of snaring and hounding are simply ugly to their fellow citizens.”