One of the weakest states for anti-cruelty laws is North Dakota, and unfortunately, it appears that it will stay that way for the time being.
Despite an effort to change the status quo in North Dakota, on Tuesday, voters defeated a measure which would have made animal cruelty a felony.
Specifically, the measure would have made it a class C felony “to maliciously and intentionally harm a living dog, cat or horse.”
According to Wednesday's Associated Press, had the measure passed, individuals convicted of animal cruelty would have faced up to five years in prison and fines of $5,000.
Efforts to defeat the proposed law were headed up by two sizable farm groups in the state who claimed that the law was "poorly worded and vague."
Those fighting to see a change in the laws are continuing to push forward. Follow their efforts at this link to Facebook.
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