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North Dakota Prevention of Animal Cruelty Initiative, Measure 5 (2012)

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Prevention of Animal Cruelty Initiative
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Type:Constitutional amendment
Constitution:North Dakota Constitution
Referred by:Citizens
Topic:Treatment of animals
Status:On the ballot

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.[1]

Text of measure

The official ballot text reads as follows:[2]

Initiated Statutory Measure No. 5

This initiated statutory measure would create section 36-21.1-02.1 of the North Dakota Century Code. This measure would make it a class C felony for an individual to maliciously and intentionally harm a living dog, cat or horse and provide a court with certain sentencing options. The measure would not apply to production agriculture, or to lawful activities of hunters and trappers, licensed veterinarians, scientific researchers, or to individuals engaged in lawful defense of life or property.

YES — means you approve the measure summarized above.

NO — means you reject the measure summarized above.

Opposition

The North Dakota Animal Stewards are opposing the measure on the grounds that it does not protect against other common forms of animal abuse, like neglect and malnourishment. They also have said that they would prefer a law that protects all animals, rather than only cats, dogs, and horses.[3]

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.[4]

On Tuesday, September 4, 2012, Secretary of State Al Jaeger announced that sufficient signatures had been gathered and that the measure was qualified for the ballot.[5]

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