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Saturday, 27 May 2017

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Please Support LD 1598: An Act To Strengthen the Laws against Illegal "Puppy Mill" Operators Print E-mail

Please read --time sensitive. Action needed before legislative committee work session!
Support L.D. 1598 to help provide prosecutors and judges with the tools to more easily prosecute puppy mill cases like Buxton. And to help deter others from hoarding or setting up a puppy mill.

Please submit polite supporting testimony for L.D 1598; make 20 copies and send to the committee clerk Darlene Simoneau at the address posted. If anyone of the 13 members is YOUR legislator please be sure to contact them and ask them to support the ENTIRE bill.  

Rules For the Care and Treatment of Elephants Print E-mail
President & Director of Maine Friends of Animals
Rules pertaining to L.D. 327  
December 9, 2005

Rules and Regulations Relating to Animal Welfare

In 2000 animal advocates came together in Maine to address what they considered one of the more egregious forms of animal cruelty; that of being a circus elephant. Our campaign raised public awareness of how a circus elephant is trained, kept, used and disposed of. It is an unusually cruel and miserable existence for such a free roaming, intelligent, social, gentle giant. The campaign culminated with the Maine House of Representatives voting (88-58) in favor of a bill to ban any performing elephants in the state. Unfortunately it lost in the Senate. But the advocates continued their campaign for two more years and re-introduced the same legislation in 2003, L.D. 327 “An Act to Prevent Elephant Abuse”, which brings us to today. The rules before us are reasonable and minimal in which the circus industry must adhere to while in the state. These rules reflect the standards of the APHIS and the US Department of Agriculture in the care and treatment of animals. It is hard for me to understand what possibly could be the reason the circus industry is here today to oppose these rules. They are rules they already are suppose to be operating under.   

Proposed new animal laws for the 2nd session of the 123rd Maine legislature Print E-mail

By Christina Perkins
Downeast Dog News
April 2008

LD 2010: An Act to Ensure Ethical and Humane Dog Breeding in the State
The public hearing and work sessions were held in February. The Committee on Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry voted unanimously that the bill ought to pass as amended. The amendment would create a resolve which in turn would create a task force of stakeholders to study the issue of ethical breeding in Maine. The bill will next be voted on in the full Maine House of Representatives. Read full article

Augusta Watch 2011 Print E-mail

125th Legislative Session  - MFOA Sponsored Bills

Sponsor: Sen. Stan Gerzofsky (Brunswick)

This bill is a collection of miscellaneous revisions to existing statutes in an effort to increase the abilities to enforce laws that protect dogs in various ways.
• Providing stronger penalties for dog breeders with vending licenses for failure to post their license numbers such as in Uncle Henry’s, and on street signs.
• Moving vendor licensing from the Animal Welfare Program to the towns which are better able to oversee compliance while receiving licensing fees.
• Improving portions of existing statutes about dogs in the back of pick-up trucks to now include:
The space is enclosed or has side and tail rails to the height of at least 46 inches extending vertically from the floor; or the dog is cross-tethered; or the dog is protected by a secured
container or cage.
• Increasing the ability to encourage and force municipalities to provide, support and enforce animal control officers in reporting and enforcing animal cruelty laws.
• Specifying entry portal size as part of a four-sided dog house.
• Increasing the ability to forcefully enter an unattended vehicle with a dog in duress.

Sponsor: Rep. Gary Knight (Livermore Falls)

Each year approximately 1,500 horses are kept and transported from Maine to Quebec for slaughter for human consumption outside the USA. MFOA believes there is no circumstance to
justify the slaughter of an animal that has served mankind so nobly for so long. Under this statute it is unlawful for any person to posses, to import or export from the state, or to sell, buy,
give away, hold, or accept any horse with the intent of killing, or having another kill, that horse, if that person knows or should have known that any part of that horse will be used for human consumption. Violation incurs a possible felony conviction with imprisonment from 16 months to three years.

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