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Friday, 17 August 2018

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MFOA 2012 Legislative Questionnaire

Download MFOA's most recent legislative questionnaire sent to Maine House and Senate candidates.  We will publish the results once the completed surveys have been returned.

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Racino Cartoon - Steve Meyers
Racino Cartoon - Steve Meyers
“The Other Side of Harness Racing”

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Earlier this year, Maine Friends of Animals submitted legislation to end the transportation of horses from and through Maine to slaughterhouses in Quebec. Horse slaughter is not allowed in the US. Unfortunately, the bill had to be tabled after heavy lobbying by the Maine Harness Horsemen's Association, the Farm Bureau and State House Republican leadership.

In our research on the growing number of unwanted horses in Maine and those being sent to slaughter in Canada, we discovered, aided by some harness racing insiders, some well-kept secret realities about the lives of harness-racing horses in Maine. Few of them spend bucolic lives frolicking in the fields, as the harness racing industry would have you believe.

MFOA Bill Protecting Animals in Unattended Vehicles Passes!

MFOA bill protecting animals in unattended vehicles passes!

Dog PicturesGreat news! LD 850, "An Act To Improve the Protection of Animals," has passed as amended by the legislature and signed by the Governor.  Just in time for summer!  

This bill offers better protection for animals in distress left in enclosed vehicles  - especially important this time of year.

Now, in addition to animal control officers, police officers and humane agents, other "peace officers" such as first responders, fire fighters and licensed security guards, will also be able to remove a distressed animal from a motor vehicle. This is an important step forward as often animal control officers cover more than one town or only work part time, resulting in delayed response time that can be deadly for a dog (or any animal) locked in a hot vehicle.

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