Maine Sited For Protection of Pets 

The nation’s largest animal protection organization is praising Maine for having one of the year’s top state legislative achievements in animal protection.The Humane Society of the U.S. said Maine was one of 12 states it was recognizing for animal protection efforts on the legislative front in 2009.The group cited Maine’s new law that prohibits breeding pigs from being confined in gestation crates and calves from being confined in veal crates.The group says the crates are inhumane and immobilize animals for nearly their entire lives.The Humane Society says 121 new animal protection laws were passed in 2009, breaking the previous record of 93 in 2008.