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.
North Dakotans for Responsible Animal Care is comprised of ranchers, veterinarians, zoo keepers and shelters. The members have draft legislation ready for the 2013 session.
It will be better to make our own laws instead of letting a group in Washington DC make them for us.
If Herald readers care about animals, they should reject Measure 5 and put their support into the legislative bill draft being presented in two months.
For unlike Measure 5, the legislation has broad-based support from North Dakota’s animal stakeholders.
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.
Measure 5, the Prevention of Animal Cruelty Initiative, is being promoted and funded by the Humane Society of the United States. The Humane Society of the United States is not related to your local animal shelter. The society contributes less than 1 percent of its multimillion dollar budget to local humane societies and pet shelters.
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