Maine law regulates farm animal treatment

Posted May 14, 2009, at 9:44 a.m.

AUGUSTA, Maine — Gov. John Baldacci has signed into law a bill backed by the Humane Society of the United States that regulates treatment of farm animals.

The new law, which takes effect in January 2011, prohibits two factory farm confinement methods. The law will prohibit crates and cages that virtually immobilize breeding pigs and veal calves for much of their lives.

Five other states, including California, have passed similar laws.

The Humane Society’s Maine director, Katie Lisnik, says she hopes other states will follow suit.

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