Thursday, January 31, 2013
Why are Ag entities for animal cruelty & when will they meet with SB 171 supporters?
Did you read this recent story on WNAX radio titled ‘South Dakota Ag Groups To Battle Against Activist Group's Legislation’:
“Monday, Ag United met with various industry groups to form a strategy for battling South Dakota Senate Bill 171, the animal cruelty legislation. The measure would up violations from a misdemeanor to a felony.
From SDFACT volunteers:
Dear Mr. Dick:
Following up on the email we sent January 11, we are now asking for your organization’s support of SB 171. We are volunteers with South Dakotans Fighting Animal Cruelty Together (SDFACT), a group of SD citizens working to make South Dakota the 49th state with felony level penalties for the most malicious acts of cruelty against dogs, cats and horses.
We assure you SDFACT is a grassroots movement to pass a 2013 felony companion animal cruelty law and nothing more. We have not received any financial assistance from the HSUS or any other national organization. We are not a front group for any animal rights group; we are South Dakotans looking to protect our pets and communities from violent offenders.
We wish to work with your organization to ensure SB 171 passes this session and does not threaten the livelihood of your members or animal agriculture in South Dakota. Can we speak at your meeting of agriculture groups on Monday in Pierre to discuss SB 171? Please help us pass a law that works for everyone in 2013.
Sara Parker Shari Kosel
Sioux Falls, SD Lead, SD
From Steve Dick Ag United:
Ms. Parker & Ms. Kosel,
The agenda for the meeting was set by Jim Krantz with SDSU Extension Service. Jim can be reached at Jim.Krantz@sdstate.edu
Ag United for South Dakota
From Jim Krantz:
Steve, Sara, Shari,
Our meeting is at 2:00 this afternoon and we would not deny anyone the right to attend. However, our agenda does not include a discussion of the bills you referenced. Also, there will may not be sufficient time for everyone, including those who previously committed, to speak as we have some presentations and a conference call on the agenda. There will be time for comments from those attending on the material presented. Please call me on my cell if you have questions. 480-1056. Thanks.