“It turns out that finding common ground was easier than we might have guessed,”
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Agricultural professionals and animal welfare advocates joined efforts to write a new measure in South Dakota with felony penalties for cases of extreme animal abuse.

If passed, the bill would put South Dakota in line with all other states which already have felony penalties in place for severe cases of animal abuse according to the Associated Press.

While previous efforts have failed due to opposition from the livestock community, the new measure has a better outlook as livestock experts shared input, including State Veterinarian Dustin Oedekoven.

“It turns out that finding common ground was easier than we might have guessed,” Oedekoven said. “We all care for animals. We all want what is best for them. … What is clear is there are certain acts against animals that we all will not tolerate.”