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For North Dakota Pets, We Need a YES! on Measure 5!

Wednesday, October 24, 2012 - 2:30pm

Guest blog post from Jessica Johnson, Grassroots Advocacy Manager for ASPCA Government Relations.

North Dakota is one of only two states that still classify even the most malicious acts of animal cruelty as weak misdemeanors. For years the state legislature has refused to take action, so the citizens of North Dakota took the matter into their own hands and gathered more than 25,000 signatures—almost double the amount needed—to put Measure 5 on the ballot this Election Day.

If passed, Measure 5 will protect pets by making extreme cruelty to dogs, cats and horses a class C felony.

Having grown up in northern Minnesota, I feel at home in the Midwest. That’s why I was shocked and horrified to hear this week that a woman in Wisconsin was arrested for deliberately torturing, poisoning, and killing her boyfriend’s dog. There is some relief in the fact that the Wisconsin woman will be charged with felonies and faces five or more years in prison. But if this dog had been tortured and killed in North Dakota, the abuser would get only a slap on the wrist.

I want nothing more than to see Measure 5 passed into law by North Dakota’s voters on November 6—that’s why I’m digging my winter boots and sweaters out of the closet and heading to Bismarck to work on the YES! on Measure 5 campaign!

Please call, email, and text your friends and family in North Dakota and ask them to vote YES! on Measure 5. And if you or someone you know are in North Dakota and want to join me and other volunteers in our efforts to get out the YES! on Measure 5 vote, please email me at [email protected]. Let’s do this for the animals!

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Larissa Pawlak

Mutilating, abusing, neglecting, and killing humans is considered horrible, but why is it viewed as insignificant for non-humans who can't voice their pain? They have rights too and NO creature on this earth deserves torture or death. Giving no consequences to those who have severely harmed others is saying that is okay to do! Also those who abuse animals are more likely to be a danger to humans as well.

paola de lira

I am against animal abuse, so I ask you to please make a stronger law animal protection! SO deserve

ARLEEN JENNINGS

Put some teeth in cruelty laws.

Jodi Smith

Yes on measure 5!

Jodi Smith

Yes on measure 5!

taylor

Are you a meat-eater? Do you enjoy grilled steak, a thick juicy burger, rack of ribs, bacon, sausage, and what would breakfast be without eggs? Well, if it were up to HSUS you wouldn’t:
“My goal is the abolition of all animal agricul
ture.”, J.P. Goodwin, employed at the Humane Society of the US, formerly at Coalition to Abolish the Fur Trade, as quoted on AR-Views, an animal rights Internet discussion group in 1996.
Or
“We don’t want any of these animals to be raised and killed [for food] unfortunately, we don’t have the luxury of waiting until we have the opportunity to get rid of the entire industry.”, Miyun Park, former vice president to animal rights conference in 2006.

Do enjoy taking your dog to go pheasant or waterfowl hunting? Well, if were up to HSUS you wouldn’t:
“Our goal is to get sport hunting in the same category as cock fighting and dog fighting. We are going to use the ballot box and the democratic process to stop all hunting in the U.S., Wayne Pacelle, President, HSUS.
Or
“If we could shut down all sport hunting in a moment, we would.” Wayne Pacelle, Associated Press, Dec. 30, 1991.

I cannot vote for a measure that is supported by an organization with these beliefs and hidden agendas.
“We are going to use the ballot box and the democratic process to stop all hunting in the United States…We will take it species by species until all hunting is stopped in California. Then we will take it state by state.” Wayne Pacelle, Bozeman, (MT) Daily Chronicle, Oct. 8, 1991.
Or
“ When asked if he envisioned a future without pets, “If I had my personal view, perhaps that might take hold. In fact, I don’t want to see another dog or cat born.” Wayne Pacelle quoted in Blood Ties: Nature, Culture and the Hunt by Ted Kerasote.
or
“We have no problem with the extinction of domestic animals.”
Wayne Pacelle, President, HSUS.

This measure is cleverly and vaguely worded in some areas and the fear of it being misinterpreted into animal agriculture, dog breeding or hunting practices later on is very real. It includes horses, already a foot into ag.

I don’t advocate animal cruelty by any means (certainly not against more than just 3 species), but I vote NO on Measure 5 and, instead will actively support legislation (only a few months away) that is already in the works on www.ndanimalcare.com

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Edna

ANIMAL CRUELTY IS HORRIBLE AND IS MURDER!!!!! ANIMALS ARE LIVING THINGS THE ONLY DIFFERENCE BETWEEN ANIMALS AND HUMANS IS...THEY KNOW HOW TO LOVE AND THEY ARE NEVER CRUEL!!!! NO TO ANIMAL CRUELTY THEY HAVE RIGHTS TOO. ANIMAL CRUELTY IS NURDER!!!!

M Jenks

protect them all

Natalie

Please help pass a bill to protect our animals. They are alive, they feel hurt, pain, fear, torture, love, kindness etcetera. Put yourself in their "paws." I bet you would want someone to be your voice if you were an animal too.

Monica

Yes on measure 5

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