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Tuesday, 21 November 2017

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MFOA Testimony in Favor of Ordinance to Prohibit Display of Wild and Exotic Animals in Portland

Testimony in Favor of Order 267-16/17
Amendment to Portland City Code Chapter 5 Animals & Fowl
Re: Prohibition on Display of Wild and Exotic Animals

Portland City Council
September 18, 2017

 

Dear Mayor Strimling and Portland City Council Members, 

This testimony is in support of the proposed ordinance to ban the cruel, dangerous and outdated practice of using wild and exotic animals to perform in circuses and other traveling acts.

Cruel & Inhumane

Forcing wild animals to entertain is inhumane on many levels. These animals are ripped from their homes and natural environment. They spend months every year on road transports and locked in small, confined spaces. In most cases they are trained and controlled through the use of force. There is nothing humane about this form of entertainment. (http://www.cbsnews.com/news/disturbing-footage-of-circus-animal-abuse-leads-to-widespread-reform-2/)

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MFOA 2017 Legislative Wrap Up – 128th Session

For the first time in 20 years, due to the current political climate in Augusta, MFOA did not sponsor any animal welfare legislation this session.  However, we were very active supporting bills that would have a positive impact and equally as important, fighting bills that would have a negative impact on Maine's animals. Following is an overview of the more critical animal welfare related bills presented to the Maine legislature in 2017.

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MFOA Testimony in OPPOSITION to L.D. 1601 - Pet Food Surcharge Repeal

Testimony of Robert Fisk, Jr.
President and Director, Maine Friends of Animals
Testimony in OPPOSITION to L.D. 1601 "An Act To Reduce Costs to Businesses by Phasing Out the Pet Food Surcharge"
Committee on Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry
May 16, 2017

Good afternoon, Sen. Davis and Rep. Dunphy and members of the Committee.

My name is Robert Fisk Jr. I am President and Director of Maine Friends of Animals (MFOA), the state's leading animal protection organization for the past 20 years. Given the history, this "emergency" bill is very disappointing and we strongly oppose it.

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MFOA Testimony in Opposition to L.D. 858 “An Act To Strengthen the Law Regarding Dangerous Dogs”

Testimony of Robert Fisk, Jr.
President and Director, Maine Friends of Animals
In OPPOSITION of L.D. 858 "An Act To Strengthen the Law Regarding Dangerous Dogs"

Committee on Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry
April 6, 2017

Senator Davis, Representative Dunphy, and distinguished members of the Committee:

My name is Robert Fisk, Jr. I am President and Director of Maine Friends of Animals, the state's leading animal protection organization. On behalf of our 1,500 members statewide, I am writing in opposition to L.D. 858, "An Act To Strengthen the Law Regarding Dangerous Dogs."

It is a tragedy for all involved when a dog bite incident occurs that results in injury (or worse) to a human or another companion animal. In order to keep our communities safe, it is important for Maine to have strong, but fair and effective laws concerning dogs deemed dangerous. However, as written, L.D. 858 does not accomplish the goal of safety in a reasonable, humane and cost effect manner.

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