South Dakota Coalition Asking Legislators To Make Animal Cruelty A Felony

South Dakota Coalition Asking Legislators To Make Animal Cruelty A Felony

A coalition of South Dakota groups representing agriculture, law enforcement and animal welfare say they’ll ask state legislators to pass a law making animal cruelty a felony.  The group led by South Dakota State Vet Dr. Dustin Oedekoven has been working on the measure and hope to have it introduced sometime this session. He says a major part of their legislation clarifies that standard accepted livestock raising practices are not mistreatment.

Oedekoven says their proposed legislation is a compromise worked out by the livestock and animal welfare groups that enhances protections for animals but doesn’t hamper livestock practices.

He says their bill brings South Dakota up to speed with all of the other states that make animal cruelty a felony. He says it’s important to refine current law and avoid needless and costly ballot measures that come from extremist groups.

Oedekoven says their measure makes it a felony to commit certain acts of malicious, intentional torture and mutilation against animals.

Recent Headlines

in National

Making headlines this week


Here's a look at some of this week's biggest newsmakers and the headlines you may have missed.

in Agriculture

USDA Raises Yields, Lowers Stocks in October Report


USDA’s October Crop Report showed an increased in row crop yields, but production, acreage and ending stocks were all lowered…

in Agriculture

Appeals Court Stops WOTUS In All 50 States

gavel 1

Today the Sixth Judicial Circuit Court of Appeals issued a stay order stopping implementation of the Waters of the U.S.…

in Agriculture

White Paper Shows RFS Proposal Threatens Farm Income

Blender Pump

The National Corn Growers Association and National Farmers Union released a white paper showing how EPA’s Renewable Fuels Standard proposal…

in Agriculture

2015 Good Year for Hay Production, Prices Down Slightly


2015 has been a good year for hay production across the country and that has pushed prices below year ago…