They say, “As Maine goes, so goes the nation.”.
With that in mind, have you heard the news out of Maine? It’s the sixth state to pass legislation significantly changing rights for state residents.
No, not that. I’m talking about this recent legislation, which bans the use of veal and gestation crates statewide.
That’s right. As of January 1, 2011, calves will no longer be immobilized in tiny stalls for the production of veal, nor will mother pigs be trapped in gestation crates, on factory farms in Maine. Woo hoo!
And, of course, this follows news that U.S. Sen. Susan Collins of Maine co-sponsored a resolution urging Canada to end the seal slaughter.
Maine’s state motto is “Dirigo,” which means, “I lead.” When it comes to protecting animals, that certainly seems to be true!
Written by Jeff Mackey