THE NEW FORTY Additional commentary...
Today seems like a good day to do some catching up on afew of my blogs over the pastcouple of weeksthat seem to beg for additional commentary.
In regard to my blog yesterday - Thank you City of Fargo... Posted on 6/29/12 at 10:30 AM
The North Dakota Legislature and its Republican governor have garnered attention worldwide and made the state ground-zero in the latest round of the decades-old abortion fight. As the Legislative session marches into April, abortion is still the biggest topic at the Capitol but other issues remain, including oil taxes and animal cruelty.
The version of the bill that passed the Senate as Senate Bill 2211 created some gaping loopholes. Passing this bill would lead to a new animal cruelty law that is stronger in some ways and weaker in others.
A southeastern Minnesota man was charged Tuesday with animal cruelty and improper disposal of dead animals after investigators found numerous sick and starving horses on his farm, where they were allegedly given little hay or water.
In a recent letter to state Sen. Tim Flakoll, R-Fargo, North Dakotans to Stop Animal Cruelty — the coalition of North Dakota veterinarians, animal shelters, rescue groups and local and national animal protection organizations that supported Measure 5 — expressed its support for the intent of the draft animal-cruelty bill proposed by opponents of Measure 5.
North Dakota legislators and others who opposed the recently defeated ballot measure aimed at creating the state’s first felony penalty for severe animal cruelty have drafted a bill establishing such a penalty, and backers of the failed initiated measure have offered a qualified endorsement.
Don’t be fooled into voting for the largest animal rights organization in the country and its handiwork this election cycle. Vote no on Measure 5 if you want to protect the rights of North Dakotans to write our own laws and do what’s best for animals.
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