Wednesday, April 19, 2006

New law in Maine inspired by link between animal abuse and domestic violence

Feline friends, this is big news!

PORTLAND, Maine -- Spurred by growing evidence of a link between domestic violence and animal abuse, Maine has enacted a first-in-the-nation law that allows judges to include pets in protection orders for spouses and partners leaving abusive relationships.

In helping pets, advocates hope to help battered women and others who aren't willing to abandon their animals to be saved themselves.

"This is a very innovative, new approach, and it makes perfect sense because the protection order is a critical stage for women and others seeking protection," said Nancy Perry of the Washington, D.C.-based Humane Society of the United States.

Find out more about this law and its effect on both pets and women by reading the rest!


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Scooby, Shaggy & Scout said...

Arright for Maine!!! Hopefully they are the first state of many to enact legislation like this. sss's mom

DEBRA said...

More of this needs to be done and I wish that the law would not view our precious animals as property.


The Meezers said...

I hope that our state enacts a law like this. Although, I have been to Maine many many times and would not mind moving there at all! - Meezers Mom

Cruxley said...

This is great!

In my state, some folks signed a petition and got a bill on the ballot to make animal cruelty a felony instead of a misdemeanor. But some farmers and hunters lobbied against it, and it didn't pass, even though farming and hunting would have remained legal. Maybe the law you describe would be more acceptable.

I can't move to Maine even tho my favorite human's father is from there. Too much snow.