Maine Becomes Sixth U.S. State to Ban Extreme Confinement
Effective January 1, 2011, the new law will prohibit gestation crates and veal crates—individual cages that virtually immobilize breeding pigs and veal calves for nearly their entire lives.
LD 1021 was sponsored by Senator John Nutting (D-Androscoggin County), Senate Chair of the Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry Committee. It passed the committee and both chambers unanimously.
The Humane Society of the United States strongly backed the legislation.
"It's cruel and inhumane to confine animals in cages barely larger than their own bodies for months on end," said Katie Lisnik, Maine state director of The HSUS.
"We're grateful to Senator Nutting for his humane leadership on this important legislation and hope its enactment sends a message to other states that they should follow suit."
This area used to be overgrown with grasses and weeds...but since that wonderful crew came last week, now it is all cleaned up. We even put out a table and chairs in the area where Boulder likes to hang out.
The foreman, a.k.a. the master gardener, at work.