According the Humane Society of the United States South Dakota doesn’t have strong enough animal cruelty laws. To be a bit more precise, South Dakota ranks in the bottom tier of states, strictly based on our laws.
The HSUS report rates all 50 states and Washington, D.C. on a wide range of animal-protection laws. South Dakota ranked last with 8 points out of a possible 65. Nebraska tied with Iowa and Rhode Island for 21st place with 29 points.
The laws of a state, in no way reflects how we treat animals. Many people in South Dakota make their living by raising animals, be it cattle or hunting dogs. Most people in South Dakota know how take animals, if they don’t, they ask some who does know. While a couple of roosters may get into scrape in the barn yard, it is a far cry from a cockfighting ring, It is just the chickens, being chickens.
Farmers and ranchers conduct good practices and police themselves, (Steve Dick, executive director of Agriculture United for South Dakota) said.
?By and large, South Dakotans are good people,? he said. ?It becomes a sense of pride that farm families have out there. People know who is not doing the right thing.?
In other words, we don’t need extra laws to make do the right things when it comes to treating animals properly.
As we approach the legislative session I would like to remind our lawmakers it wasn’t these advocate groups that elected you, it was the people of your respective districts. In two years it will be those same people you have to answer to.