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L.D. 335: Joining Forces to End Puppy & Kitten Mills
Written by MFOA   
Tuesday, 27 January 2015

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MFOA is excited to partner with Maine Citizens Against Puppy Mills (MCAPM) this legislative session, through our joint submission of  L.D 335: “An Act to Prohibit the Sale of Dogs and Cats in Pet Shops.” If enacted, this bill will ban the retail sales of puppies and kittens in Maine pet shops.

Why is this issue an important legislative focus for Maine? Because 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. 
In 2014, Maine was ranked as the nation’s second leading state for animal protection laws by the Animal Legal Defense Fund. Maine needs to uphold its higher humane standard and not endorse the cruelty and neglect perpetuated by puppy and kitten mill operators.

Seventy-two communities across the country have instituted similarly focused bans including, most recently, Chicago, Phoenix, Los Angeles and San Diego.  The pet stores 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.

We hope that by working together, Maine can follow suit to promote an alternative, positive and humane business environment that works towards a world without demand for puppy mill dogs and kitten mill cats.

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Read the bill text:

L.D. 335: "An Act To Prohibit the Sale of Dogs and Cats in Pet Shops" Fact Sheet

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