The North Dakota Prevention of Animal Cruelty Initiative is on the 2012 ballot in North Dakota as an initiated state statute. If enacted the measure would it a class C felony for an individual to maliciously harm a living dog, cat or horse. The measure also creates some exemptions from the law, including agricultural workers, veterinarians, scientific researchers, and hunters.
Path to the ballot
- See also: North Dakota signature requirements
In order to qualify the initiative for the 2012 ballot supporters were required to collect a minimum of 13,452 valid signatures by August 8, 2012.
According to reports, supporters turned in around 25,000 signed petitions on August 7, 2012. The Secretary of State has until September 10 to very the signatures.