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Written by MFOA   
Tuesday, 02 July 2013

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Great news! MFOA sponsored, L.D. 703, "An Act To Make Post-conviction Possession of Animals a Criminal Offense" has  passed both the Senate and the House with a little help from two long time animal-friendly legislators, Sponsor, Sen. Edward Mazurek (D - Rockland) and Co-Sponsor, Sen. Stan Gerzofsky (D - Brunswick), chair of the Committee that heard LD 703.

L.D. 703 is now awaiting Governor LePage's signature to become law.

With the many animal abuse cases featured in Maine news recently, this improvement to the existing animal welfare laws could not have come at a better time.

Thank you to all of you who called and emailed your Legislators to ask them to support  LD 703. Your voices DO make a difference for Maine's animals.

About L.D. 703

Presently in Maine a court MAY (or may not) decide to ban ownership of animals for a specified amount of time as a result of a class C or class D conviction for animal cruelty - but a ban on ownership is NOT mandatory. This means that under current law, a person can be convicted of animal abuse and then obtain more animals if a court decides not to make a ruling on future ownership.

L.D. 703 will strengthen the current law to require a ban on ownership for a minimum of 5 years post conviction of a class D crime and a minimum of 15 years for a class C conviction and will make violation of a ban on ownership a criminal offense.

In the past anyone in violation of a possession ban was issued a 'contempt of court' citation, which often was not enforced as animal welfare laws can sometimes be a low priority. Making violation of a possession ban a criminal offense will act as a more significant deterrent to those convicted of animal abuse from becoming repeat offenders. With the passage of L.D 703 Maine becomes the seventh state making a post-conviction violation a criminal offense.

To read L.D. 703, visit:

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