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6 Most Controversial Ballot Measures


6. North Dakota Measure 5: Preventing Animal Cruelty

If approved, Measure 5 would make it a class C felony to “maliciously and intentionally” harm a dog, cat, or horse. Compared with the rest of the country, North Dakota’s animal cruelty laws are quite weak. It’s one of only two states where these kinds of crimes are a misdemeanor.

Some groups think the measure doesn’t go far enough — some forms of animal abuse, like malnourishment and neglect, aren’t included. What’s more, only three specific species are named — what about the rights of all the other members of the animal kingdom? Supporters say, though, that the measure was written this way to keep the law as specific as possible and to combat the worst forms of animal abuse.

Who’s Backing It: The Humane Society of the United States, The ASPCA, Several rescue organizations,  animal shelters, and animal rights groups in the state. Country music star and native North Dakotan Lynn Anderson.

Who’s Opposing it: North Dakota Animal Stewards is behind the “no” campaign. Members of this coalition include meat and dairy producers, hunters, grocers, rodeos, and other agricultural groups. They also have the support of some veterinarians and a handful of animal shelters in the state.

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Katie Waldeck

Katie is a freelance writer focused on pets, food and women’s issues. A Chicago native and longtime resident of the Pacific Northwest, Katie now lives in Oakland, California.


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2:38PM PST on Jan 16, 2013

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1:08PM PST on Nov 8, 2012

I do not see that much contoversy. Some are good, some stupid , behind all of them is politics,

4:42AM PST on Nov 8, 2012

Noted. thanks.

3:43AM PST on Nov 8, 2012

Noted, thanks for sharing.

10:22PM PST on Nov 7, 2012

yep. Most were shot down. The one that sicked me was ND's rejection.

10:15PM PST on Nov 7, 2012

Some I thought should be passed; others were a little extreme except that judgment is subjective.

4:39PM PST on Nov 7, 2012


2:51PM PST on Nov 7, 2012

Thank you.

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