“I Never Promised You a Rose Garden,” sung by country music star Lynn Anderson, surely rings true for the animals in her home state of North Dakota where violent crimes against dogs, cats, and horses, are punishable only as a mere misdemeanor.
Anderson, joins forces with “Twilight” star and fellow native North Dakotan, Kellan Lutz, in supporting North Dakotans to vote “Yes" this November on Measure 5 which will will strengthen the penalties for extreme acts of cruelty to dogs, cats and horses.
Currently, North and South Dakota are the only two states in the country that do not have felony punishment for escalated cruelty to dogs, cats, and horses.
“As a North Dakotan, I am truly saddened that my state lags so far behind when it comes to protecting animals. The fact that even extreme cruelty to dogs, cats, and horses is considered a misdemeanor in North Dakota-that really needs to get changed,” states Lynn Anderson.
North Dakota’s state legislature has inadequately addressed the concerns regarding animal cruelty but that hasn’t stopped North Dakotans to Stop Animal Cruelty, a group of animal shelters, veterinarians, and animal protection advocates, who have joined together and secured more than 25, 000 signatures supporting the ballot measure.
Sadly, this proposal does not protect animals that are farmed or hunted!
For more information, visit: www.ndstopcruelty.com/; www.facebook.com/ND StopCruelty.
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