North Dakota Prevention of Animal Cruelty Initiative, Measure 5 (2012)
|Prevention of Animal Cruelty Initiative|
|Constitution:||North Dakota Constitution|
|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.
Text of measure
The official ballot text reads as follows:
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.
North Dakotans to Stop Animal Cruelty are leading the campaign to pass the measure. They have said that the reason for limiting the initiative to protecting three species is to keep the law specific in aiming to prevent the worst kinds of animal cruelty.
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.
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.
- KQCD-TV "Petition for Animal Cruelty Ballot Measure Approved," March 27, 2012
- North Dakota Secretary of State,"Ballot measure 5," retrieved September 19, 2012
- WDAY,"North Dakota group urges to vote “No,” hoping for more animal rights," October 17, 2012
- Dickinson Press "Initiative would make animal cruelty a felony," August 8, 2012
- Associated Press,"UPDATE Eight NDSU football players charged with petition fraud," September 4, 2012