Make Animal Abuse a Felony

Target: Mr. Dustin Oedekoven, South Dakota State Veterinarian

Goal: Support efforts to make animal abuse and torture a felony in South Dakota

South Dakota is one of the only states in the nation where animal abuse and torture is a misdemeanor instead of a felony. A new bill will be sent to the legislature this year to finally change this horrible state of affairs. Support Mr. Dustin Oedekoven, the State Veterinarian who helped orchestrate the new bill, and help make sure the South Dakota government knows you support this important bill.

South Dakota has a dismal track record on protecting animals, and is the only state left in the nation where severe cruelty to animals is only a misdemeanor offence. For the last few years new bills that would have changed the crime to a felony have died in the legislature. But there is new hope during this legislative session. Under the guidance of Mr. Oedekoven, a compromise bill has been created that has the backing of both animal rights groups and the agriculture lobby. This bill is a huge step forward for South Dakota, but it still has to get past the legislative branch and be signed into law.

Make sure your voice is heard on this important issue and show the government of South Dakota that protecting animals has the support of the people.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Mr. Oedekoven,

Animal abuse and torture are not being taken seriously in South Dakota, which is the only state in the nation where these crimes are a misdemeanor instead of a felony. Under your guidance, a new bill to make animal abuse a felony is set to go in front of the South Dakota legislative branch this year. This bill is the culmination of a difficult compromise between animal rights groups and the agriculture industry.

Due to your leadership this new compromise bill has a real chance to pass and be adopted into law, but it’s not there yet. It’s easy for our representatives to get distracted from issues like this unless we keep the issue in front of them, and show them that the rights of animals are important to the people they represent.

Mr. Oedekoven, I urge you to keep evangelizing this bill to the South Dakota government, to get it passed this legislative session. It is time for South Dakota to join the other states in making animal cruelty a felony. I support this bill and so do the people of this nation.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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8 Comments

  1. This has been such a long time coming & i am so glad to add my continued support.!!

  2. Myrna Burdick says:

    Mr. Oedekoven, Thank you for your efforts to spur South Dakota
    into the 21st century by legislation which gives animals some
    degree of protection from brutality.

  3. animal cruelty is a crime and the people who do this should be made to pay for their crime’s, A felony is what they should get.

  4. Tammy Parnell says:

    Harsher cruelty laws a must

  5. Con người cũng như động vật

  6. this is need to be stop. they do not abuser’s toy. it’s need to be strict to do it

  7. DEFORMED UNHUMANE MONSTERS SHOULD SEPARATED AND LOCKED AWAY FROM CIVILIZED CITIZENS FOR DON´T DISTURB THEIR FEELINGS IN A NONHUMANE WAY!

    MONSTERHUNTERS NEEDED

    IT IS TIME N O W TO DEMAND ALL BRUTALIZERS and KILLERS ONTO A LIST TO CONDEMN THEM TO EXTRACHARGE FOR NGO´S working for FUTUREGENERATIONS!

  8. Animal abuse should be a Felony in all states!

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