Maine animal updates

From: Katie L.
Sent on: Tuesday, October 20, 2009 2:29 PM
Hi all,

Looking forward to the Lewiston Lobby 101 for Animals tomorrow! Below are some updates for those who do not receive a direct email from me. If you want to only get alerts via this site and/or Facebook, instead of your email, just let me know!

Party Animals Party- Did you know that The Humane Society of the United States has a sister organization that gets involved with politics? The Humane Society Legislative Fund is a 501c4, which means it can endorse candidates that do good things for animals. In order to help that organizations, they have a Party Animals program, where supporters can host fun parties with an animal welfare cause. They can be virtual or real parties- so consider hosting one in the future! I?m hosting a virtual party this month- please check it out! http://www.partylaunch.com/partyanimals/parties/index.cfm?e=virtualmainelawparty


What to do when you see an ad that sends the wrong message? A local advocate contacted me about this month?s Portland Monthly magazine, which has a model on the cover wearing a bunch of fur garments. The article is about making the Maine wilderness fashionable for women and how new hunting trips are popping up targeting ?Sex and the City? type young women. In this case, and with any ad you may see that you find offensive, let the company or advertiser know! The only way they will modify their actions is if they receive pressure from people who do not like the ads. You do have a voice when it comes to this issue! For the Portland Monthly article, click here: http://www.portlandmonthly.com/portmag/2009/09/sex-the-wilderness/#
To see the cover click here: http://www.portlandmonthly.com/cover.html
To provide feedback, click here: http://www.portlandmonthly.com/portmag/about/contact-us/


Inland Fish and Wildlife Advisory Council Meeting- Now that the Legislature is adjourned, the IF&W Advisory Council meetings are moving around the state. This month, they are meeting in Rangeley/Oquossoc on Thursday October 29th at 10am. Here is the agenda and location: http://www.maine.gov/ifw/commissioners_office/advisorycouncil/meetings.htm
The meetings are open to the public and are usually quite interesting. You have an Advisor from your county and if you have an interest in wildlife conservation, let him or her know! Here is a list of the current advisors: http://www.maine.gov/ifw/commissioners_office/advisorycouncil/members.htm


November will be Adopt a Shelter Pet Month in Maine! Governor Baldacci has agreed to issue a proclamation declaring November to be Adopt a Shelter Pet Month in Maine. It is my hope that shelters and rescues will get some good press coverage because of this and will see an increase in adoptions! This has been a hard year for companion animals with many surrendered due to the economy. I hope you?ll help me spread the word once November hits- and maybe even welcome a new furry companion into your home!

Adopt Specialty License Plate- Just a reminder to get your animal welfare specialty license plate! You do NOT need to wait until your registration comes due. The BMV will switch your plate at no extra cost mid-registration- and it is easy! We need to reach 4,000 plates in circulation within this first year in order to keep the plate.

Get Connected! Don?t forget that I now have a Facebook profile and Maine Animal Welfare Group called The Humane Society of the United States- Maine. If you are active on Facebook, check it out! Also, if you no longer want to receive direct emails, but prefer to get your updates through Facebook, just let me know.

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