December 23, 2012

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Animal protection group gives Maine high marks

An animal protection group is giving Maine high marks for its laws against cruelty.

A report put out by the Animal Legal Defense Fund ranks states on their animal cruelty laws based on how comprehensive they are, and the severity of their penalties for people who are convicted of cruelty.

Maine was ranked No. 2, behind Illinois and ahead of California, Michigan and Oregon.

Kentucky was judged to have the least-protective animal cruelty laws, behind North Dakota, Iowa, South Dakota and New Mexico.

The California-based group has been putting out annual reports ranking states on animal cruelty laws for seven years.

CONCORD, N.H.

Snowmobilers get weekend to try other states' trails

Registered snowmobilers in New Hampshire, Vermont and Maine can venture into one another's states next month during a reciprocal weekend for the three northern New England states.

Any snowmobile legally registered in one of the participating states will be allowed on trails in all three during the weekend of Jan. 25-27.

All other host state regulations will apply, including speed limits, youth laws and Vermont's mandatory liability insurance.

New Hampshire and Vermont have held an annual weekend opening up their trails to the other since 2010.

Maine joined last year after a law was passed in 2011 including it in the weekend.

Participating states plan to hold the snowmobile weekend each year on the fourth weekend in January.

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