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Wednesday, 29 March 2017

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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.

2010 Legislative Questionnaire Print E-mail

Take a look at MFOA's most recent legislative questionnaire sent to Maine House and Senate candidates.  We will publish the list of "Animal Friendly" candidates once the completed surveys have been returned.

Stay tuned! 

Protecting animals from antifreeze to become law in Maine Print E-mail

In March of 2007, Maine Friends of Animals sponsored a bill entitled, "An Act to Protect Household Pets and Other Animals from Poisoning," which addressed the effects of animals ingesting car antifreeze.  

L.D. 758 Bill Summary (Sponsor: Rep. Emily Cain):  "To reduce the risk of poisoning of household pets and other animals, this bill requires that engine coolant or antifreeze that contains  more than 10% ethylene glycol or propylene glycol must include an aversive agent that makes it taste bitter so that it is rendered unpalatable." 

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