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Friday, December 28, 2012

Myth: SD Felony Animal Cruelty Laws Will Negatively Affect Hunting & Animal Agriculture

Another common myth promoted by opponents is that 'South Dakota felony animal cruelty laws negatively affect hunting and animal agriculture'. This couldn't be further from the truth.

Case and point... our neighboring states have had these laws on the books for 10 to 20 years and continue to enjoy a viable Ag economy and vibrant tourism/hunting industry.

Montana passed a felony animal cruelty law to protect all animals in 1993.

Iowa passed a felony animal cruelty law in 2000 and exempted animal agriculture and hunting practices.

Minnesota passed a felony animal cruelty law to protect pets or companion animals in 2001.

Nebraska passed a felony animal cruelty law to protect all animals except un-captured wild animals in 2002.

And the only other state in the country without felony animal cruelty laws... the state of North Dakota has a felony animal cruelty bill drafted now to protect dogs, cats and horses in 2013.

A felony animal cruelty law in South Dakota will not affect hunting or animal agriculture. South Dakotans want protection for our pets and communities. Don't let them confuse the truth.

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