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Wednesday, 20 August 2014

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MFOA Supports Maine's Bears Print E-mail
MFOA Supports Maine's Bears
Communicating with your Legislator Print E-mail

Reaching out to your legislator is an important way to help Maine's animals.  Speak up for better laws to protect our companion animals, farm animals and wildlife.  Your voice DOES make a difference.   

Letters are extremely effective. Personal visits are also valuable. Personal postcards, phone calls, e-mail and well written letters all help. Be sure to tell your legislator why you support or oppose a measure.

Maine's Bears Need Your Help! Print E-mail
Maine's bears need your help!

Please sign up to gather signatures!

In 2004 Maine Friends of Animals teamed up with the Humane Society of the United States in a state referendum to ban the hunting of Maine's black bears with the use of baiting, hounding, and trapping. A long and contentious campaign fell short 53%-47%, but with it came a huge increase in the public awareness of these inhumane hunting practices.
Ten years later, a new initiative has begun - one that now has a better chance of passing. The road to success starts by gathering enough signatures to place this referendum on the ballot in 2014. MFOA members lead the way in the 2004 signature gathering and we hope you will help again now to finally rid the state of all three practices.

MFOA Legislation Protecting Companion Animals Print E-mail

Successful MFOA legislation protecting companion animals, particularly dogs

1998: Lobbied for legislation that prevented the pari-mutual simulcast wagering of greyhound racing in Maine

1999: Passed legislation to increase animal cruelty penalties from a misdemeanor to a felony offense

2000: Led the fight to revamp Maine's Animal Welfare Program and the formation of the Animal Welfare Advisory Committee, making it more effective in responding to animal cruelty cases

2003: Passes legislation that requires dogs in the ‘back of pick-up trucks' be secured so that it cannot fall, jump or be thrown from an open vehicle

2003: 3 MFOA members move to form ‘Spay Maine,' a program designed to reduce cat and dog euthanasia, which was subsequently incorporated into the state Animal Welfare Program

2006: Raised public awareness of dog cruelty cases through press releases, demonstrations and the use of the media

2006: Passed the first enforceable legislation in the nation addressing ‘Dogs Chained for Life,' establishing greater requirements for dogs left outside on a continuous basis

2007: Made ‘Dogs Chained for Life' an ongoing program with education materials, a TV public service announcement, and office assistance in securing the release of a DCFL


2007: Sponsored legislation, which became law in 2011, requiring that a bittering agent be added to anti-freeze to help prevent poisoning of pets and wildlife


2010: Partnered with Madison Elementary School to develop a ‘Pet Club' model for elementary schools, teaching children about the responsibilities the care and protection of companion animals. Currently securing grant monies to make it a statewide program for 3-5 graders.

2011: Sponsored successful legislation that provides greater response for first responders in the protection for animals in distress left in unattended vehicles.

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