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Published October 17, 2012, 09:44 PM

North Dakota group urges to vote “No,” hoping for more animal rights

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - A group is urging people to vote "no" on a ballot measure that would make malicious cruelty to dogs, cats, and horses a felony.

By: WDAY Staff Reports, WDAY Staff Reports, WDAY

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - A group is urging people to vote "no" on a ballot measure that would make malicious cruelty to dogs, cats, and horses a felony.

The North Dakota Animal Stewards say Measure 5 does not address the most common forms of animal abuse, like neglect and malnourishment.

They also want to see all animals protected, rather than just three species.

The group is pushing for legislative action on these issues, and says passing Measure 5 could jeopardize those efforts.

Jason Schmidt, North Dakota Stockmen’s Association: “You can't solve all our problems in a couple paragraphs on a ballot initiative and get people to vote for it. We need a lot more time and money spent at the legislative level where you can sit back and debate the whole issue.”

North Dakotans to Stop Animal Cruelty say the reason only three species are covered is to keep the measure specific in addressing the worst types of animal cruelty.

They also say voting "yes" will not prevent the legislature from taking further action in the future.

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