Wednesday, January 24, 2007
Maine is a trailblazer in domestic violence law. In April 2006, the Legislature included pets under protection from abuse orders, to avoid having helpless animals used to intimidate victims of abuse. It's a "first in the nation" statute with a laudable goal.
This law applies when the family dog, cat or livestock becomes a tool of domestic violence, no different than any inanimate object. Yet Maine soft on restricting abusers' access to other tools -
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