She won the hearts of country music lovers in the 1970s with hits like (“I Never Promised You A) Rose Garden” and “Rocky Top,” and now country music icon Lynn Anderson is winning the hearts of animal lovers for vocalizing her support for a North Dakota ballot measure which will strengthen penalties for extreme acts of cruelty to dogs, cats and horses.
North Dakota is one of only two states in the lower 48 which does not impose felony-level penalties for the most malicious forms of companion animal abuse. (Felony-level penalties are already in place for illegal dogfighting and cockfighting. The measure would extend the law to include additional specific acts of intentional cruelty.) Encouraging her fellow North Dakotans to protect those who have no voice, the platinum-selling recording artist with a heart of gold stepped in front of the camera to shine a spotlight on Measure 5.
“As a North Dakotan, I am truly saddened that my state lags so far behind when it comes to protecting animals. The fact that even extreme cruelty to dogs, cats, and horses is considered a misdemeanor in North Dakota—that really needs to get changed,” Anderson said. “I hope that you, my fellow North Dakotans, will act to support a ballot initiative making these crimes a felony.”
The measure will be put forth for the public’s vote thanks to North Dakotans to Stop Animal Cruelty, a coalition of animal protection advocates, veterinarians and professionals from shelters and rescue organizations which has gathered more than 25,000 signatures (almost double the amount required) for the cause.
The singer is the second celebrity to speak out in support of the measure. Fellow North Dakota native Kellan Lutz, who stars in the Twilight movie franchise, also released a statement to urge the state’s citizens to vote YES on Measure 5.
The collective voice of North Dakotan residents will be heard when they cast their votes on November 6th.
For more information:
- visit http://ndstopcruelty.com
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