Ron Thunshelle, Minot
In response to one of my colleague's letters, I would like to say , I, too, do not condone cruelty in any form regardless of the species, but it is because of this I support Measure 5.
As a veterinarian, I concur with her views about our profession, the practice of veterinary medicine, and comprehensive protection for all species. For this reason, I encourage North Dakotans for Responsible Animal Care to follow through with their proposed legislation.
However, it has been implied that if Measure 5 passes, then legislative bills will not be able to move forward or will be hindered in some way. This is inaccurate. If Measure 5 passes, it would have very little effect if any on the proposed bill.
It was asked why there wasn't any support from members of North Dakotans to Stop Animal Cruelty for a legislative animal welfare bill in 2011. I personally know of one of the group's members that did testify in years past for similar bills to no avail.
There can be no promises that the proposed legislation will go farther in 2013 than in previous years. At this time it is a mere suggestion, if it makes to the floor I will encourage my representatives to pass it. Until then, we North Dakotans have the opportunity to show the legislature that we do need stronger cruelty laws. We can send resounding message that we want felony cruelty laws in North Dakota. We can accomplish both of these tasks by voting yes on Measure 5.
Reasons to vote yes on Measure 5:
- Legislation has failed repeatedly.
- The proposed legislation is merely that, a proposal - no guarantee
- A vote yes on Measure 5 will send a message to Bismarck that we want stronger animal laws; they will be more supportive of the proposed legislation.
- North Dakota is one of only two states that do not have felony protection for animals.
- A vote yes on Measure 5 will have very little impact on the proposed legislation.
- A vote yes on Measure 5 will strengthen our laws immediately.
I believe North Dakotans need to be involved in the process of law-making in North Dakota. I believe we should send a message to our representatives in Bismarck not only with spoken word, but also with our vote.
Vote yes on Measure 5