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Wednesday, 29 March 2017

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How You Can Help Ban Horse Slaughter in Maine! Print E-mail

Support MFOA sponsored legislation, L.D. 1286,  "An Act to Protect Maine Communities from Environmental Hazards by Prohibiting Horse Slaughter in Maine for Human Consumption and the Transport of Horses for Slaughter"
http://www.mainelegislature.org/legis/bills/bills_126th/billtexts/HP091301.asp

Know the issues: view Horse Slaughter in Maine ‘Fact Sheet' .

Contact your State Representative:
http://www.maine.gov/legis/house/reps.htm

Contact your State Senator:
(Democrat) http://www.mainesenate.org/meet-your-senators/

(Republican) http://www.maine.gov/legis/senate_gop/senators.php

A letter and follow-up call (brief) is best. Email and an email follow-up a couple of weeks later is also good. Be brief, accurate, courteous and to the point -- a single page letter is most effective. Refer them to the MFOA Fact Sheet. Remember to state your opinion in a professional, factual and respectful manner.

Write or email members of the Committee on Agriculture, Forestry and Conservation:
http://www.maine.gov/legis/house/jt_com/acf.htm

Encourage like-minded friends and associates: to contact their legislators and give them these guidelines.

Write a letter-to-the-editor: to your local daily and weekly newspapers It can be similar to the letter you write your legislators (with similar guidelines). Note the bill in your letter.

Contact MFOA about testifying at the hearing:
tel: 207-781-2187
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Donate to MFOA: proceeds will go to help pass this important legislation.
http://www.mfoa.net/membership_donations.html

 
Fact Sheet: L.D. 1286 Prohibiting Horse Slaughter in Maine for Human Consumption Print E-mail
L.D 1286 "An Act to Protect Maine Communities by Prohibiting Horse Slaughter in Maine for Human Consumption and the Transport of Horses for Slaughter"

FACT SHEET


  • Maine ships approximately 1,500 horses, perhaps more, from and through Maine each year to two slaughter houses in Quebec. With federal inspection funds available, a horse slaughter plant could now be located in Maine.

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MFOA Testimony in Support of L.D. 703 Print E-mail

TESTIMONY OF ROBERT FISK, JR.

President and Director of Maine Friends of Animals

IN SUPPORT OF L.D. 703

"An Act to Make Post-conviction Possession of Animals a Criminal Offense"

COMMITTEE ON CRIMINAL JUSTICE AND PUBLIC SAFETY

March 29, 2013

Good afternoon, Sen. Gerzofsky, Rep. Dion and distinguished members of the Committee. Thank you, Sen. Mazurek, for sponsoring this bill. My name is Robert Fisk Jr. I am President and Director of Maine Friends of Animals, the state's leading animal protection organization. We promote the humane treatment of animals through education, advocacy and legislation.

If you take a look at the attached page from our recent newsletter, you will see we have passed numerous pieces of legislation protecting companion animals, particularly dogs. As examples, in 1999, we increased the penalty for animal cruelty from a misdemeanor to a felony offense. In 2006, we began our ongoing ‘Dogs Chained for Life' campaign and we passed first-in-the-nation legislation addressing dogs left outside on a continuous basis. In the last legislature, we passed legislation in which all first responders, even mall parking lot police, can respond to pets left in an unattended vehicle where they can quickly become overheated and die. We have also worked with the State Animal Welfare Program in passing legislation. L.D. 703 is another small effort to address the protection of our pets.

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MFOA Testimony in Support of L.D. 395 Print E-mail

TESTIMONY
Maine Friends of Animals

IN SUPPORT of L.D. 395 "An Act To Allow a Pet Owner To Collect Noneconomic Damages for the Death of a Pet"

COMMITTEE ON JUDICIARY

Senator Valentino, Representative Priest, and distinguished members of the Committee: 

LD 395 provides a path of recourse for pet owners that have lost the companionship of a beloved pet due to negligence or to an unlawful, intentional act. 

Most pet owners view their pets not as property, but as family members that provide unconditional love.  As they would with human children, pet owners invest emotionally and financially in their pets' well being - providing love, food, medical care, grooming, exercise and education/training.  In return. pets provide unique benefits to their guardians, such as companionship, stress relief, laughter and security.  As a result, to many, the loss of a pet can be as emotionally devastating as the loss of a human family member.

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