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Wednesday, 29 March 2017

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123rd Legislature MFOA Sponsored Legislation Print E-mail

Membership on the Committee  on Inland Fisheries and Wildlife

For ten years MFOA has called for more balance on the membership make-up of the legislative committee that oversees wildlife issues. The issue has been that non-hunters should be considered for the Committee on Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, especially considering that non-consumptive users of wildlife in Maine outnumber sportsmen two to one, yet  they have essentially no meaningful way  to get legislation passed if Maine’s inflexible hunting lobby opposes it.  MFOA lobbied the new leadership and some 50 animal-friendly legislators, and we are very pleased to report that for the first time it appears the hunting monopoly on the Committee on Inland Fisheries and Wildlife has been broken. The committee is still very unbalanced, but the change is welcome.



MFOA 2006 Legislative Candidate Questionnaire Print E-mail

Download a list a questions sent by MFOA to House and Senate candidates.

pdf Legislative Questionnaire

L.D. 204, “An Act to Protect Dogs That Are Left Outside” Public Law, Chapter 340. Print E-mail
This bill establishes tethering and shelter standards specific to dogs that are confined outside on tethers for long periods as its primary means of confinement. Primary means of confinement means the method used to confine a dog for periods of time that exceeds 12 hours in a 24 hour period.

  • If a dog is tied or confined unattended outdoors under weather conditions that adversely affect the health of the dog, a shelter of suitable size with a floor above ground and water proof roof must be provided to accommodate the dog and protect it from the weather and, in particular, from the severe cold. Inadequate shelter may be indicated by the shivering of the dog due to cold weather for a continuous period of 30 minutes.
  • A shelter must be provided that is fully enclosed (four-sided; was three sided) except for a portal.
  • The portal must be sufficient size to allow the dog unimpeded passage into and out of the structure. For dogs other than arctic breeds, the portal must be constructed in a manner that keeps wind and precipitation out of the interior.
  • The shelter must have clean bedding material sufficient to retain the dog’s normal body heat.
  • The chain or tether must be attached to both the dog and the anchor using swivels or similar devices that prevents the chain or tether from becoming entangled or twisted.
  • The chain or tether must be attached to a well-fitted collar or harness on the dog.
  • The chain or tether must be at least 5 times the length of the dog measured from the tip of the nose to the base of the tail. 2.5 times for arctic breeds (Siberian Huskies, Alaskan Huskies, Malamutes).


1. MFOA will send a copy of above standards to all Animal Control Officers, but a copy from you to your local Animal Control Officer will be a useful reminder that you expect the new law to be enforced. Keep a copy in your car to refer to.

2. Call or email MFOA for a door hanger and scripted letter that politely educates the owner of a ‘Dog Chained for Life’.

3. If the above does not help, notify your ACO of any names and addresses where the above standards are not being met. A picture or video will assist your case. Follow-up with ACO to see what was done.

4. If neither of the above works, contact MFOA and the Animal Welfare Program at 287-3846.

5. MFOA is building a case to go back to the legislature for further standards including time off the tether. We need evidence to show legislators. Please look for ‘Dogs Chained for Life’ and send MFOA the name and address of the dog; and any action taken. Pictures would be very helpful.

6. Promote Best friend fence is visually appealing, very strong pet fence that safely keeps the dog within a designated area without the use of electric wires or unattractive and costly fencing.

7. Assist the MFOA ‘Dogs Chained for Life’ education program. Put MFOA educational flyer up at local veterinarians, libraries, pet stores and community bulletin boards. Contact your MFOA District Coordinator about tabling at a local event, community function, political gathering or country fair.

8. Contribute financially to MFOA’s ‘Dogs Chained for Life ‘campaign.

9. Write a letter to your local newspaper about the plight of ‘Dogs Chained for Life’. Send published copy to MFOA.

10. New Year’s Resolution: Free one ‘Dog Chained for Life’ in 2006. Please let us know of any dog you were responsible for reducing or getting off tether which will be listed in our next newsletter.

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.   

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