This letter is concerning the upcoming May 5th protest of the Department of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife’s lack of law enforcement at DEW Haven in Mt Vernon, Maine. Julie Miner shot Baghwa the lion in (2005?) because Bob Miner left a gate unlatched and attacked Bob, so they say. The Miners have put out at least three different versions of the event and the authorities were never notified, as required by law. The Miners hid this from The IF&W and did not disclose the attack and death of the animal. The IF&W are required to regularly inspect DEW Haven. They did not do their job and investigate where this lion was upon inspection and not finding him. They did not ask happened to him, was he sold? Did he die? If so how? The IF&W did not enforce the laws and hold DEW Haven responsible for, again, being dis-honest with officials and not disclosing an attack and death of an animal, or hold them responsible for the human lives they endangered due to their negligence when he “escaped”. The lion was photographed being skinned by three widely known Maine trappers. When asked, it was told that this lion came locally from a backyard zoo menagerie in Maine. The Maine Warden Services has this photo. They say an open investigation is under way but the statute of limitations has run out on Baghwa. The IF&W have shown they do not care about the animals they are required to oversee. The IF&W no longer enforces any laws at DEW Haven at all. DEW Haven was allowed to get away with this with no legal consequences, and gained profit from having the animal skinned and sold. The only redemption Baghwa has, and the only way the public will know his true tragic story, is to protest in front of IF&W and show them there is no statute of limitations on murder.
Who prepares to have a brain tumor at 34? Who prepares to have one at all? The healthcare situation in this country is not sufficient. There needs to be safety nets for people who are struggling to keep their head above water. I am thankful that my friends created a GoFundMe page to help cover my living expenses while I was out of work. I should not have to rely on the kindness of my friends or strangers to receive the care I need. I should not have to go into debt to stay healthy. Healthcare companies have the responsibility to care for the people in this county. It is important that we expand health care in this country, and not roll it back. More people need access and more people need to be covered.