Police One website asks where your state stands on animal-cruelty laws

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PoliceOne.com ran an interesting study Monday concerning animal-cruelty laws.

A few interesting tidbits from the article:

– More than 78 million Americans have dogs and more than 86 million have cats and 39 percent of US households include at least one dog.

– The writer lists the benefits of having pets as –  “companionship, reduced stress, improved mood, lowered blood pressure, increased exercise, and unconditional love.”

– “” The first animal abuse laws in the United States were passed in New York with the establishment of the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals by Henry Bergh in 1866. “”

 

The return of Pack Topics: ND votes down anti-cruelty law; devocalizing is cruel

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LEGISLATION: On election day, voters in North Dakota voted against Proposition 5, a measure that would have classified acts intended “to maliciously and intentionally harm a living dog, cat or horse” as class C felonies.

Opposing Views reports “” 65.4% of voters opted to have North Dakota remain with South Dakota as the only two states in the nation without animal cruelty felonies. “”

Over 65 percent voted against increasing the penalty for cruelty. That is a very troubling result.

DEVOCALIZATING: Opposing Views also reports this week about the practice of devocalizing dogs, where some or all of the dog’s vocal chords are removed.

I know why people do it. But the fact is this is wrong. It’s a cruel thing to do. As Opposing Views points out, the practice has been banned in several areas of the country and in the United Kingdom.