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MFOA Press
TideSmart Talk Radio Interview with MFOA Director, Robert Fisk, Jr.
Written by TideSmart Talk   
Monday, 20 February 2017

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Air Date: Saturday 04 February 2017
Guest: Robert Fisk
Host: Steve Woods (Stevoe)
Studio Contributor: Debi Davis
Executive Producer: Emily Sullivan (Sully)

Robert Fisk of Maine Friends of Animals (MFOA) didn’t start his career planning to help animals, but it seems he plans on ending that way. Fisk, an Exeter, NH native, was an athlete: a physical education major, a college basketball coach, and the owner of the Portland Athletic Club. He says he’s always been “politically inclined,” so he decided to run for state legislature in 1997 and did a 2-year stint in Augusta which was his first step in animal welfare advocacy.

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MFOA Interviews MSSPA
Written by Jayne Winters   
Friday, 13 January 2017

A conversation with Maine State Society for Protection of Animal's President, Marilyn Goodreau and Vice President & CEO, Meris Bickford by MFOA's Jayne Winters

1. The MSSPA web site states that the Society was originally formed in 1872 to protect the horses which pulled Portland's streetcars and fire engines. Please give an overview of how it has evolved to today's largest equine facility in New England.

The Society was formed to provide "after service" care and protection for horses who then pulled the streetcars and fire engines in Portland. Following the advent and widespread use of the gasoline engine, there were virtually no horses in need of MSSPA services. For a period of time the organization was moribund and though it maintained an office on Exchange Street, it primarily raised money for other animal welfare organizations such as the Animal Refuge League of Greater Portland.

Maine's Harness Racing Industry: Op-Ed by Robert Fisk, Jr.
Written by Robert Fisk, Jr.   
Friday, 13 January 2017


State’s propping up harness racing industry makes less and less sense

By Robert Fisk, Jr.
Special to Portland Press Herald
Published January 7, 2017

FALMOUTH — Colin Woodard’s thorough piece (“Casino funds could offer hope for retired harness racing horses,” Dec. 18) raises another issue: subsidizing a dying business. Maine’s harness racing industry continues in steady decline despite an $8.44 million taxpayer subsidy in 2015 and similar annual allocations from slot machine revenue since 2005.

Circus Elephants: Op-Ed by Robert Fisk, Jr.
Written by Robert Fisk   
Wednesday, 04 May 2016

Circus Elephant

Maine Voices: Elephants won’t forget that a long crusade on their behalf began here

The Maine House was the nation's first to oppose a barbaric and outdated circus practice.

By Robert Fisk, Jr.
Special to Portland Press Herald
Published April 30, 2016

FALMOUTH — On Sunday in Providence, Rhode Island, Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus is scheduled to have its last performance using elephants. The 146-year-old tradition, which has been deeply ingrained in our culture, will end.

The past three decades have been a tumultuous time for Feld Entertainment, the parent company for Ringling circuses, as the public learned how circus elephants are trained, kept, used and disposed of. The plight of these great creatures grew into a major issue within the animal protection movement.

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