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Saturday, 22 July 2017

Action Alert: Please Support L.D. 335! Print E-mail
Written by MFOA   
Friday, 06 March 2015
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PLEASE SUPPORT LD 335: "An Act to Prohibit the Sale of Dogs and Cats in Pet Shops."


Maine Friends of Animals and Maine Citizens Against Puppy Mills (MCAPM) jointly submitted L.D. 335: "An Act to Prohibit the Sale of Dogs and Cats in Pet Shops" to the Maine Legislature.  If enacted, this bill will work to ban the retail sales of mill puppies and kittens in Maine pet shops. We need your help to pass this ground-breaking legislation.


HOW YOU CAN HELP

Know the Issue

Why is this issue an important legislative focus for Maine?


99% of puppies/kittens sold in pet shops are born in large scale commercial breeding facilities (aka puppy/kitten mills) with the sole purpose of being sold to pet shops and to online buyers. Most puppies and kittens originating from mills have internal parasites or are sick with other communicable diseases; many have congenital defects.

More often than not, the puppies and kittens born in the mills are the product of breeding adult dogs/cats that are kept in cramped, filthy conditions for life -- never taken out of their cages, never bathed or groomed, never feeling grass under their paws, never feeling a loving human touch.

Seventy-five communities across North America have instituted similarly focused bans. The pet shops in these cities are now showcasing adoptable shelter animals and focusing sales efforts on expanded products and services instead of the sales of puppies and kittens raised in horrific, inhumane conditions.
   
Maine cannot oversee the large-scale commercial breeding industry in other states.  What Maine can do is enact legislation to ban those animals from being sold in this state.

DOWNLOAD the FACT SHEET for L.D. 335 to learn more.

http://www.mfoa.net/images/stories/ld%20_%20fact%20sheet_final.pdf


You can help in multiple ways with just one letter. This letter in a general way can be written for the Committee members listed below, your own State Representative and Senator, as well as a letter-to-the-editor in your local daily newspaper. Please make your letter fairly brief, factual, polite and respectful, and be sure to note the bill number and name. Your effort will help a greatly, but please act quickly!

Write or email members of the Committeeon Agriculture, Forestry and Conservation


Please write or email members of the Committee on Agriculture, Forestry and Conservation
(http://www.maine.gov/legis/house/jt_com/acf.htm ) to request their support for this bill.  Refer to them to the Fact Sheet for L.D. 335 in your communication. 

Committee on Agriculture, Forestry and Conservation Members

Senator Peter E. Edgecomb (R-Aroostook), Chair
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Senator Thomas B. Saviello (R-Franklin)
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Senator James F. Dill (D-Penobscot)
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Representative Craig V. Hickman (D-Winthrop), Chair
*Bill Co-sponsor - Thank you!*
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Representative William F. Noon (D-Sanford)
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Representative Robert J. Saucier (D-Presque Isle)
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Representative Ralph Chapman (D-Brooksville)
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Representative Michelle Ann Dunphy (D-Old Town)
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Representative Russell J. Black (R-Wilton)
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Representative Donald G. Marean (R-Hollis)
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Representative Carol A. McElwee (R-Caribou)
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Representative Anthony J. Edgecomb (R-Fort Fairfield)
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Representative MaryAnne Kinney (R-Knox)
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How each of the 13 Committee members votes will have an important impact on the success of this bill. If you see that one of the Committee members is your State Senator or Representative, it is imperative that you contact him/her as soon as possible.


A letter to each individual member is best, but you can also submit testimony in support of LD 335 by sending 20 copies of your letter to Cassie Nixon, Clerk of the Committee on Agriculture, Forestry and Conservation at 100 State House Station, Augusta, ME 04333-0100 to request their support for L.D. 335: "An Act To Prohibit the Sale of Dogs and Cats in Maine Pet Shops."
 

Write a Letter-to-the-Editor


Write a letter-to-the-editor to your local daily and weekly newspapers (250 words or less). It can be similar to the letter you write your legislators, with the same guidelines.  Note the LD number (335) in your letter. Write as soon as possible as editors do not always publish letters immediately upon receiving them.


Donate to MFOA


It takes money to run a successful legislative campaign for a major bill. Your much needed contribution will go to help pass this important legislation.

Donate today!
http://www.mfoa.net/membership_donations.html



 
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