Spurred by growing evidence of a link between domestic violence and animal abuse, Maine has enacted a first-in-the-nation law that allows judges to include pets in protection orders for spouses and partners leaving abusive relationships. In helping pets, advocates hope to help battered women and others who aren't willing to abandon their animals to be saved themselves. 

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Should every state have laws protecting the pets of people in abusive relationships?
Spurred by growing evidence of a link between domestic violence and animal abuse, Maine has enacted a first-in-the-nation law that allows judges to include pets in protection orders for spouses and partners leaving abusive relationships. In helping pets, advocates hope to help battered women and others who aren`t willing to abandon their animals to be saved themselves.

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15 yrs ago, 11 mos ago - Saturday 6/3/06 - 11:29:07 PM EST (GMT-5)
15 yrs ago, 10 mos ago - Friday 7/7/06 - 2:03:32 AM EST (GMT-5)
Yes! It makes sense.
15 yrs ago, 10 mos ago - Friday 7/7/06 - 4:57:45 AM EST (GMT-5)
I think so. It sounds reasonable.
15 yrs ago, 10 mos ago - Tuesday 7/18/06 - 7:55:03 PM EST (GMT-5)
Animals should be protected too
15 yrs ago, 9 mos ago - Thursday 8/3/06 - 12:44:35 AM EST (GMT-5)
Yeah, it would help some of the animals. I think people are more likely to attack pets when they are being attacked themselves.
15 yrs ago, 9 mos ago - Thursday 8/3/06 - 12:50:05 PM EST (GMT-5)
I could probably beat the hell out of my boyfriend before I could ever even raise my voice to my dogs.. but that's just me.

In seriousness, I don't know how I feel about courts getting involved in "pet custody" at all. Whoever owned the pets prior to the relationship should keep them. If they were aquired together then who ever took primary care of them should keep them. Honestly, I don't think there should be visitations rights and such at all. Yes, it's sad but these are animals and not people and we shouldn't waste our tax dollars on such cases.

To answer the question posed in the story.. Do I think animals should be protected in protective orders? No. If the woman has possession of the dog and *she* has the dog I don't see what the issue is.

15 yrs ago, 8 mos ago - Wednesday 9/6/06 - 8:50:30 PM EST (GMT-5)
I think it would be a waste of time, but I guess if it could save a few animal's lives, why not?
15 yrs ago, 8 mos ago - Wednesday 9/6/06 - 8:51:52 PM EST (GMT-5)
I like it. People who torture animals should get the chair.
15 yrs ago, 8 mos ago - Saturday 9/9/06 - 10:43:32 PM EST (GMT-5)
I think it's a good idea. I can't stand people who hurt their dogs or any of their pets. It does make sense though that someone who is abusive to their spouse would also be abusive to a defenseless animal.

After all the first signs of someone being abusive when they get older is that when they're a child they get enjoyment out of hurting animals.

15 yrs ago, 6 mos ago - Friday 10/27/06 - 4:49:00 AM EST (GMT-5)
Yea definately.
15 yrs ago, 3 mos ago - Friday 2/16/07 - 8:02:28 PM EST (GMT-5)
I quench inside everytime I hear the word "cat/kitty" and "microwave" used in the same sentence . If a grown adult must leave the abusive relationship and the pain that it inflicts on them, why leave a little kitten to deal with it

SAVE THE KITTEN!!!
15 yrs ago, 3 mos ago - Friday 2/16/07 - 8:04:22 PM EST (GMT-5)
Sounds good to me, people who torture animals make me sick.
15 yrs ago, 3 mos ago - Monday 2/19/07 - 11:15:59 PM EST (GMT-5)
Aren't there already laws about animal abuse?
15 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Tuesday 3/27/07 - 10:29:58 PM EST (GMT-5)
Never share a pet with your partner. “It is a child that doesn’t speak.”-Jenny B.
14 yrs ago, 10 mos ago - Sunday 7/15/07 - 1:27:48 PM EST (GMT-5)
Yes, I don't know how this hasn't happened already. People are so f*cking stupid.
14 yrs ago, 10 mos ago - Sunday 7/15/07 - 1:54:59 PM EST (GMT-5)
Pets are not people. Gawd.
14 yrs ago, 9 mos ago - Saturday 8/25/07 - 3:23:58 AM EST (GMT-5)
but pets are family



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