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Sales from Puppy Farms Banned in Maine

18 June 2015

US - The US state of Maine has cracked down on the sale of puppies raised in puppy farms through a new legislation which prohibits any new pet shops from selling animals sourced from inhumane puppy farms.

It also codifies the puppy-sourcing policies of the state’s five existing pet stores, all of which have publicly condemned puppy farm cruelty.

Katie Hansberry, Maine state director for The Humane Society of the United States, issued the following statement: “We applaud the Maine legislature for enacting real, tangible protections and benefits for puppies, Mainers who are seeking to add a dog or cat to their family, and small businesses who drive our communities.

"We are hopeful that Governor LePage, who we know loves dogs, will allow this bill to become law and help the mother dogs trapped in cruel puppy farms.”

Governors Chris Christie and Terry McAuliffe signed similar bills into law this year in New Jersey and Virginia, respectively. Connecticut enacted its law in 2014.

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