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Wednesday, 01 October 2014

MFOA Supports Maine's Bears
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Welcome to MFOA Online

Maine Friends of Animals (MFOA) is Maine’s largest animal protection organization. We promote the humane treatment of animals through education, advocacy and legislation.

MFOA was founded 15+ years ago by former legislator and longtime animal protection advocate Robert Fisk, Jr., when he found in the legislature that animal protection had no real voice in Maine. There was little or no organized effort or effective structure in which animal issues could be advanced. The fundamental initial goals of MFOA were to effectively engage the legislative process and to set up a statewide organization as a foundation to increase public awareness pertaining to animal protection issues.

Today, MFOA has an active seven-member board working together with Maine animal advocates to move animal protection issues to the forefront in the legislature and with the public in general. 

A statewide structure has provided MFOA with the ability to organize and develop separate two-year campaigns to increase the penalties for animal cruelty; to revamp the state Animal Welfare Program, to ban circus elephants in the state, to end coyote snaring, the 2004 bear referendum to end the hunting of Maine black bears with the use of bait, hounds and traps, our ongoing “Dogs Chained for Life” campaign (view the Dogs Chained for Life PSA), and to eliminate canned hunting in Maine, and most recently to end the transport of horses in Maine for slaughter.

MFOA is also an education and resource center. The offices in Falmouth are home to animal protection articles, files, magazines, legislative history, books, videos, DVDs and various resources. MFOA can assist members who might like to learn more about the issues, or to set up a table/booth at a local school, community event, county fair, conference, political event, etc. MFOA’s Outreach and Volunteer Coordinator and office staff can assist members in outreach education either at our office or in your community. Education leads to advocacy that leads to public awareness that leads to successful legislation, all helping the advancement of animal protection.

Maine Friends of Animals has done much over the past 15 years, but there is still much more to do for Maine’s companion, farm and wildlife animals. We are a broad-based organization that welcomes conservative (animal welfare), moderate (animal protection) and liberal (animal rights) advocates. The more individuals who engage in the animal protection movement, at any level, and the more organized we are in working together, the more we will be able to accomplish as we continue to strive to become a more humane state for animals.

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