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Wednesday, 29 March 2017

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Canadian Seal Hunt Resolution Adopted by Maine Legislature! Print E-mail

sealThis legislative session MFOA sponsored LR 674 (HP 1134), a Joint Resolution calling on the Canadian Government to end their sanctioning of the annual seal pup slaughter.

MFOA proposed this resolution once before - in the 124th legislature - but it did not make it out of the Legislative Council (leadership of both parties and chambers) to be voted on by the full legislature.

This legislative session we again filed the resolution and are pleased to report that LR 674 (HP 1134) has been ADOPTED!  

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Revised Language for L.D. 850: An Act To Improve the Enforcement of Laws Protecting Dogs Print E-mail

PLEASE NOTE: Legislative Information cannot perform research, provide legal advice, or interpret Maine law. For legal assistance, please contact a qualified attorney.

Revisions to be Submitted at ACF Committee Hearing - April 26, 2011

L.D. 850, An Act To Improve the Enforcement of Laws Protecting Dogs

 

Be it enacted by the People of the State of Maine as follows:

Sec. 1. 7 MRSA §3945,  as amended by PL 2001, c. 617, §8, is further amended to read:

§ 3945. Use of license fees and court fines retained by municipalities

 

Except for the $1 recording fee pursuant to section 3942 retained by the municipal clerk, all fees, including vendor's license fees received under section 4163, subsection 1, and court fines retained by municipalities must be kept in a separate account and must be used for the salaries and costs of animal control, enforcement of licensing laws, care of stray animals that are injured or abandoned and the support of one or more approved animal shelters. Any money not expended for these purposes in a municipality's fiscal year does not lapse, but must be carried over to the next fiscal year.

Sec. 2. 7 MRSA §3947, first ¶,  as amended by PL 2009, c. 343, §20, is further amended to read:

Each municipality shall appoint one or more animal control officers whose duties are enforcement of sections 3911, 3912, 3916, 3921, 3924, 3948, 3950, 3950A, 3952 and , 4041 , 4163 and Title 17, section 1023, responding to reports of animals suspected of having rabies in accordance with Title 22, sections 1313 and 1313A and any other duties to control animals as the municipality may require. A municipality may appoint an employee of an animal shelter as an animal control officer as long as the person meets the qualifications and training requirements of this section.


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Overview: LD 850 - “An Act to Improve the Enforcement of Laws Protecting Dogs” Print E-mail
L.D. 850
"An Act to Improve the Enforcement of Laws Protecting Dogs"

Purpose: Although Maine has strong animal welfare laws, enforcement can remain an issue. The various changes in L.D. 850 would help existing laws work more effectively to protect Maine's dogs and cats.

The public hearing for LD 850 is scheduled for
Tuesday April 26, 1:00 PM,

Cross Building Room 206.

Please be sure to submit your letter of support for this bill to the ACF Committee Clerk before then, asking her to forward your letter to the full committee: megan.jackman@legislature.maine.gov.

Bill specifics:

a) Provides stronger penalties for dog and cat sellers with vendors licenses for not posting their license number in advertisements, for example, in Uncle Henry's, on craigslist.com and on street signs. This is directed at the backyard breeders who may fall under the radar, by selling dogs and/or cats illegally, by not being in compliance with the vendor's license requirement, or that are not listing their vendor number when advertising. This is not directed at legitimate breeders and it does not require action from the municipality other than following up on any advertising violation that is brought to its attention.

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Join Our Campaign to End Canned Hunting in Maine Print E-mail

Ban Canned Hunts 

A BAN ON CANNED HUNTING INTRODUCTION    

During each legislative session, Maine Friends of Animals chooses a focus issue, such as our ‘Dogs Chained for Life’ campaign and the recent bear referendum to ban baiting, hounding and trapping of Maine black bears. Our focus for this upcoming session is ‘canned hunting.’ 

Canned hunting is a hunting practice held on so called "hunting ranches", which are privately owned lands in Maine that enclose non-native wildlife behind fenced-in land. The landowner charges fees for people to kill these animals which have no chance of escaping. Please read on and view our canned hunting fact sheet for more information concerning these operations in Maine 

Canned hunting is a hunting practice held on so called "hunting ranches", which are privately owned lands in Maine that enclose non-native wildlife behind fenced-in land. The landowner charges fees for people to kill these animals which have no chance of escaping. Please read on and view our canned hunting fact sheet for more information concerning these operations in Maine 

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