The same people that pushed Proposition B and the so-called ‘Your Vote Counts’ effort in Missouri moved to North Dakota to push Measure 5 and the pro-Measure 5 website is even owned and operated by HSUS.
“Missouri Farmers Care chose to assist the North Dakota Animal Stewards in their fight against HSUS and Measure 5 because we have been repeatedly targeted by HSUS ballot initiatives and we strongly believe that the agricultural community must begin working together to defend ourselves,” the email says.
Don’t take this to mean that North Dakotans and the NDAS don’t care about animals – the group is concerned that this ballot initiative in particular will not live up to its intent and that better measures can be put in place.
A coalition of North Dakota animal stakeholders called the North Dakotans for Responsible Animal Care, has drafted legislation to be introduced during the next legislation session that is a much better option for North Dakota, as it addresses all animals, includes appropriate definitions, penalties and exemptions and provides clarity and guidance for those who must respond to cases of mistreatment, like law enforcement, veterinarians and shelters, Ellingson explains.
“The North Dakota ag community and people in general appreciate learning the whole story behind Measure 5,” Ellingson states. “No one supports animal cruelty, but the narrow-focused, poorly worded Measure 5 is wrong for North Dakota. It would not help North Dakota animals and could have serious consequences for our state.”
Click here to read what NDAS says the problems are with Measure 5.