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Jason Zahn, Towner, N.D., Published October 27 2012

Letter: Veterinarians’ position clarified

Lisa McDonald from Moorhead (Oct. 23 letter to the editor) should do more research before lending her opinion in a neighboring state’s politics.

There is no such thing as the “Veterinarians Board in North Dakota.” We do have the North Dakota Veterinary Medical Association, which does not support Measure 5, primarily due to the fact that, as health care providers, they understand that Measure 5 does not provide protection for all animals, in all types of neglect, abandonment or abuse situations. In addition, there are at least 30 veterinarians who oppose the measure, compared to 10 who support it, according to the opponents’ and proponents’ websites as of Oct 22. That’s three times as many veterinarians opposing Measure 5 as supporting it.

The North Dakota Veterinary Technicians Association has formally opposed Measure 5. The State Board of Animal Health and the State Veterinarian’s Office are both neutral because as a government board and a government agency, they have to maintain neutrality. Both, however, were actively involved in providing input and direction to formulate the preferred, more comprehensive legislation that will be brought before the Legislature in 2013.

Unlike Measure 5, the legislative solution protects all animals from a wide range of abuses that include the most common forms of abuse that veterinarians and local shelters tell us they see.