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North Dakota Says No To Animal Cruelty Bill

Paws Down!
January 29, 2019

To The House Agriculture Committee who decided not to pass a bill that would have kept animals from being adopted by animal abusers.

Studies have shown that when individuals knowingly inflict harm to animals, it is probable they will do the same to humans. With this knowledge, legislators throughout the United States are trying to make it difficult for abusers to adopt animals by creating animal abuse registries and increasing the penalties for animal cruelty.

Currently, North Dakota does not have strong laws to help protect animals. According to a recent news article, some lawmakers were trying to change that with House Bill 1445. This bill would have made it impossible for animals to be adopted by individuals convicted of animal abuse. The abusers would have also faced a Class A misdemeanor charge. Sadly, it was denied 8-90. The significant opposition was due to how the bill was worded.

Take Action: North Dakota residents, contact your legislators and ask them to support laws to keep companion animals out of the cruel hands of abusers.

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7 responses to “North Dakota Says No To Animal Cruelty Bill”

  1. CONNIE SMITH says:

    HOW SHAMEFUL NOT TO HAVE A BILL THAT WOULD PROTECT INNOCENT ANIMALS FROM ABUSERS! IF YOU DON’T LIKE THE WORDING CHANGE IT BUT YOU NEED TO GIVE PROTECTION TO THESE ANIMALS!!!

  2. Linda Garcia Monrovia, Ca says:

    Please help our animals here, DO NOT LET ANIMAL ABUSERS ADOPT!! Every day I pray for every animal in all the shelters, I had a cat for 14 yrs. And I can’t imagine someone being the slightest mean to her, Their so helpless, I will pray that this law changes for them from a No to YES, PLEASE HELP THEM, GOD BLESS ALL ANIMALS

  3. patricia perron says:

    Studies have shown that when individuals knowingly inflict harm to animals, it is probable they will do the same to humans. With this knowledge, legislators throughout the United States are trying to make it difficult for abusers to adopt animals by creating animal abuse registries and increasing the penalties for animal cruelty.

    Of course, that is not the foremost reason to treat animals humanely – the reason is because of the “humane” part of the word. It is the decent thing for us to do. We KNOW that animals can suffer like us – therefore it is incumbent on us as humans to do the right thing in life, and where animals are concerned, this means treating them humanely.

    • nhesadmin says:

      You are absolutely right, Ms. Perron! We treat animals with kindness because it is the humane thing to do. Unfortunately, not all people see it this way, so sometimes we must convince them with facts and statistics that they can relate to more easily.

  4. Beatrice Schermerhorn says:

    Thank you for sharing this information. I am in
    North-en New York State, have a spay/neuter program in a mobile clinic for low income persons Celebrating our 25th anniversary. Our logo is Spay-Neuter-Now, Ltd, Prevention & Education. I am working on an addition to our program re cruelty I believe over population contributes to animal cruelty. 100% believe that abuse registries is a great beginning.
    Bea Schermerhorn
    Founder, SNN

  5. Cynthia Scionti says:

    ! North Dakota – Shame on you! You need to have strong anti cruelty laws. Animals are sentient and need to be protected.

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