Maine

Updates about legal issues facing animals in the state

The Animal Legal Defense Fund works at the federal, state and local levels to protect the lives and advance the interests of animals. This page is meant to be used as a resource to see what is happening in your state and what actions you can take for animals.

State Rankings

Each year, the Animal Legal Defense Fund publishes its U.S. State Animal Protection Laws Rankings Report. It is the longest-running and most authoritative of its kind, assessing the strength of each state’s animal protection laws by examining over 3,400 pages of statutes. Each state is ranked based on 19 different categories of animal protection.

Maine
Overall Rank: #1 (Top Tier)

  • +Care requirements (food, water, shelter, care, etc.) are well-defined
  • +Has a Courtroom Animal Advocate Program
  • +Mandatory post-conviction possession bans for certain crimes, and temporary pre-conviction possession ban
  • -Restitution for costs of care of seized animals is not mandatory
  • -Sexual assault of animals is only a misdemeanor

Active Legislation

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Creating a Companion Animal Custody Law (Maine)

An Act To Provide for the Well-being of Companion Animals upon the Dissolution of Marriages (LD 535)
An Act To Provide for the Well-being of Companion Animals upon the Dissolution of Marriages (LD 535), introduced by Senator Ben Chipman (D-27), would require judges  to consider relevant factors, including family members’ attachment to and history with the animal as well as their ability to provide ongoing care, when determining with whom the animal will live.

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Take Action

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Stop Ag-Gag Laws

Undercover investigations and whistleblowers have exposed some of the worst aspects of factory farming, but Ag-Gag laws punish people who speak out about cruelty in animal agriculture. Voice your opposition.
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No More Puppy Mills

Puppy mill operators maximize their profits by producing large numbers of puppies as quickly as possible. As a result, unsanitary conditions, disease, and neglect are rampant. Sign our pledge to boycott puppy mills. Together we can end cruel puppy mills.
Using Local Legislation to Protect Animals

Using Local Legislation to Protect Animals

Want to take the next step in your animal advocacy? Learn the skills you need to pass laws protecting animals at the local level! Local laws are critical – not only do they help individual animals in your community but prime state legislation.
Using Local Legislation to Protect Animals: Prohibiting Circuses and Traveling Shows that Exploit Animals

Using Local Legislation to Protect Animals: Prohibiting Circuses and Traveling Shows that Exploit Animals

Learn how wild animals are exploited in circuses and traveling shows, and how you can help!
Using Local Legislation to Protect Animals: Fur Bans

Using Local Legislation to Protect Animals: Fur Bans

Learn how to fight back against the cruel fur industry by passing a fur ban in your community! Led by Animal Legal Defense Fund Campaigns Manager Elizabeth Holtz, this webinar will walk you through the mechanics of fur production, the policy issues, including animal cruelty, environmental impacts, and public health, and more.