Neither the HSUS, HSLF, the ASPCA, nor North Dakotans to Stop Animal Cruelty are registered as lobbyist in the state of North Dakota. ‘Karen Thunshelle of Minot, N.D., is a member of the Humane Society of the United States, and is one of the proponents of an initiated measure” http://www.agweek.com/event/image/id/1690/headline/Karen%20Thunshelle/ She is also the registered agent and campaign manager for North Dakotans to Stop Animal Cruelty.
North Dakota Century Code, Section 54-05.1-01, defines a lobbyist as “Any person who, in any manner whatsoever, directly or indirectly, performs any of the following activities:
a.Attempts to secure the passage, amendment, or defeat of any legislation by the legislative assembly or the approval or veto of any legislation by the governor of the state.
b.Attempts to influence decisions made by the legislative council or by an interim committee of the legislative council.”
North Dakotans to Stop Animal Cruelty, first registered on 3/7/2012, is endorsed by a number of National animal rights groups:•The Humane Society of the United States•Humane Society Veterinary Medical Association•The Humane Society Legislative Fund•American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA)•Best Friends Animal Society•Equine Welfare Alliance•American Humane Association•Animal Welfare Advocacy•Alley Cat Allies•Animal Legal Defense Fund•Animal Welfare Institute•National Animal Welfare Society .
The HSUS website backs Measure 5 with a webpage targeted specifically at Measure 5 along with a button to click that goes directly to the North Dakotans to Stop Animal Cruelty “North Dakota is one of only three states that punishes even the most extreme forms of animal cruelty as a mere misdemeanor. Luckily, a coalition of North Dakota citizens, veterinarians, shelters, and rescues has come together to form North Dakotans to Stop Animal Cruelty”
A ballot initiative is a proposal to change or create a law at a local or state level. Instead of relying on the legislature to make all of the laws, citizens can use the ballot initiative process to implement laws on their own. Ballot Initiatives are intended to be used by in-state citizens pass laws that they feel are needed, not out of state Lobby Groups. North Dakotans to Stop Animal Cruelty just recently received ASPCA 520 8th Ave 7th Floor New York, NY 10018 on 10/25/2012 $100,000.00 and is the only income found for this Lobbying group http://www.nd.gov/sos/campfinance/dis-report.html