A group of animal stakeholders in North Dakota has come together to propose new legislation that seeks to strengthen and clarify the state’s humane treatment of animals law and offer a more comprehensive response to animal mistreatment that a ballot initiative being proposed in the state. This group has named themselves North Dakotans for Responsible Animal Care.
This is what North Dakota Stockmen’s Association President Jason Schmidt had to say on the matter.
In the past, animal protection advocates have complained that North Dakota’s laws prohibiting animal cruelty are too weak for prosecutors to take action often. The new legislation proposed by NDRAC will provide stiffer criminal penalties for mistreatment of animals. The group’s draft bill addresses animal abandonment, neglect and cruelty.
Schmidt says a full text copy of the draft legislation the group is proposing if available on the web, along with more information about the group.
North Dakotans for Responsible Animal Care is a diverse group comprised of representatives from Dakota Zoo in Bismarck, Central Dakota Humane Society in Mandan, Humane Society Fargo-Moorhead, the North Dakota Farm Bureau, Farmers Union and Stockmen’s Association, as well as the North Dakota Veterinary Medical Association, State Board of Animal Health, and North Dakota Department of Agriculture.Share