North Dakotans vote against animal cruelty felonies
by Allyson Koerner
Categories: Animals, Causes.

Last week was the big election, and while some were worried about voting for the president, it seems North Dakotan’s were concerned with not allowing animal abusers to be punished.

Residents of the “Roughrider State” voted against Measure 5, which would have made animal cruelty a felony and punishable by incarceration “to maliciously and intentionally harm a living dog, cat or horse.”

The ballot measure was not applicable for hunters, trappers, veterinarians, scientific research or a person(s) defending their property or lives.

According to Opposing Views, 65.4 percent voted against the law. This makes North Dakota and South Dakota the only two states in the United States without animal cruelty felonies.

The measure mainly focuses on the protection of domestic pets, so apparently if you truly want to harm your puppy or kitten, by all means go for it, which is a little disconcerting.

On the other hand, the North Dakotans to Stop Animal Cruelty group is looking on the bright side of the failed law. There is now an awareness increase regarding “weak animal cruelty laws in their state.” Hopefully, more people will participate in getting the law passed.

The legislation also did not pass in 2011 and 2012. Now, animal advocates are working towards harsher laws in 2013.

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About Allyson Koerner

Allyson Koerner first found her love of writing while attending Westminster College in Pennsylvania, and that passion evolved while she was earning her Master's in Print & Multimedia Journalism at Boston's Emerson College. She's an experienced writer dabbling in all things vegan, green, entertainment and TV-related. Feel free to keep tabs on her over at Twitter: @AllysonKoerner.

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