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Animal Cruelty Bill Needs More Work

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The North Dakota Senate has decided to not accept the House's version of the animal cruelty bill.

The bill makes the most severe crimes against animals a felony.

Senator Tim Flakoll says their concern with the bill isn't over the penalties.

He and others would like to tweak language in the bill as it relates to seizures, unwanted animals and protecting the livestock industry.

Flakoll says, "we know there are areas where there won't be much give and take. The felonies portion of it will be off the table. But looking at concerns of the Stockman's Association and prosecutors have and how they enforce it. How do we protect the producers and how do we protect the animals."

"We think it's important that we are explicit with the production of livestock and production agriculture again so we can look at the practices we use in the raising of animals when it comes to branding, dehorning or some of those practices. So we would like to see that explicit language restored in a production agriculture definition for one," says Julie Ellingson with the ND Stockman's Association.

The animal cruelty bill will now head to conference committee.

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