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Saturday, 22 July 2017

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MFOA 2017 Legislative Wrap Up – 128th Session Print E-mail

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 Print E-mail

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” Print E-mail

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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MFOA Testimony in Favor of LD 396 "An Act to Prohibit the Use of Elephants in Traveling Animal Acts" Print E-mail

Testimony of Robert Fisk, Jr.
President and Director, Maine Friends of Animals
Testimony in FAVOR of L.D. 396 "An Act to Prohibit the Use of Elephants in Traveling Animal Acts"
Committee on Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry
March 2, 2017

Good afternoon Sen. Davis and Rep. 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.

Maine Friends of Animals has a long and involved history with the issue of using elephants in circuses in this state. A brief legislative history of this issue I think would be useful to the committee, particularly as I believe Sen. Davis is the only member who was present in the legislative session I speak to.

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